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Sample records for phonon excitations coexisting

  1. Nanoscale control of phonon excitations in graphene

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    Kim, Hyo Won; Ko, Wonhee; Ku, JiYeon; Jeon, Insu; Kim, Donggyu; Kwon, Hyeokshin; Oh, Youngtek; Ryu, Seunghwa; Kuk, Young; Hwang, Sung Woo; Suh, Hwansoo

    2015-01-01

    Phonons, which are collective excitations in a lattice of atoms or molecules, play a major role in determining various physical properties of condensed matter, such as thermal and electrical conductivities. In particular, phonons in graphene interact strongly with electrons; however, unlike in usual metals, these interactions between phonons and massless Dirac fermions appear to mirror the rather complicated physics of those between light and relativistic electrons. Therefore, a fundamental understanding of the underlying physics through systematic studies of phonon interactions and excitations in graphene is crucial for realising graphene-based devices. In this study, we demonstrate that the local phonon properties of graphene can be controlled at the nanoscale by tuning the interaction strength between graphene and an underlying Pt substrate. Using scanning probe methods, we determine that the reduced interaction due to embedded Ar atoms facilitates electron–phonon excitations, further influencing phonon-assisted inelastic electron tunnelling. PMID:26109454

  2. An Artificial Ising System with Phononic Excitations

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    Ghaffari, Hamed; Griffith, W. Ashley; Benson, Philip; Nasseri, M. H. B.; Young, R. Paul

    Many intractable systems and problems can be reduced to a system of interacting spins. Here, we report mapping collective phononic excitations from different sources of crystal vibrations to spin systems. The phononic excitations in our experiments are due to micro and nano cracking (yielding crackling noises due to lattice distortion). We develop real time mapping of the multi-array senores to a network-space and then mapping the excitation- networks to spin-like systems. We show that new mapped system satisfies the quench (impulsive) characteristics of the Ising model in 2D classical spin systems. In particular, we show that our artificial Ising system transits between two ground states and approaching the critical point accompanies with a very short time frozen regime, inducing formation of domains separated by kinks. For a cubic-test under a true triaxial test (3D case), we map the system to a 6-spin ring under a transversal-driving field where using functional multiplex networks, the vector components of the spin are inferred (i.e., XY model). By visualization of spin patterns of the ring per each event, we demonstrate that ``kinks'' (as defects) proliferate when system approach from above to its critical point. We support our observations with employing recorded acoustic excitations during distortion of crystal lattices in nano-indentation tests on different crystals (silicon and graphite), triaxial loading test on rock (poly-crystal) samples and a true 3D triaxial test.

  3. Phonon and magnetic excitations in neodymium pentaphosphate

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    Loong, C.K.; Nipko, J.C.; Goodman, G.L.; Wang, J.Y.; Liu, Y.G.

    1997-07-14

    The structure of NdP{sub 5}O{sub 14} consists of cross-linked double chains of corner-sharing PO{sub 4} tetrahedra extending parallel to the crystallographic a-axis. Each Nd atom is coordinated by 8 oxygen atoms. The NdO{sub 8} polyhedra are isolated from each other and share no common oxygen atoms. High-gain and long-lifetime laser action had been reported in NdP{sub 5}O{sub 14} crystals. The neutron excitation spectra reveal a one-phonon density of states extended to about 180 meV with several distinct P-O stretching bands at high energies. These features reflect the existence of different P-O bond lengths among the terminal and bridging configurations and the associated atomic dynamics. Furthermore, magnetic scattering from Nd ions permitted the determination of the energy-level structure of the crystal-field-split Nd:{sup 4}I{sub 9/2} ground term.

  4. Coulomb excitation studies of shape coexistence in atomic nuclei

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    Görgen, Andreas; Korten, Wolfram

    2016-02-01

    Low-energy Coulomb excitation provides a well-understood means of exciting atomic nuclei and allows measuring electromagnetic moments that can be directly related to the nuclear shape. The availability of radioactive ion beams (RIBs) at energies near the Coulomb barrier has made it possible to study shape coexistence in a variety of short-lived exotic nuclei. This review presents a short overview of the methods related to multi-step Coulomb excitation experiments, followed by a discussion of several examples. The focus is on two mass regions where recent Coulomb excitation experiments have contributed to the quantitative understanding of shape coexistence: nuclei with mass A≈ 70 near the N = Z line and nuclei with A ≈ 100 near neutron number N = 60. Experimental results are summarized and their significance for understanding shape coexistence is discussed. Experimental observables such as quadrupole moments and electromagnetic transition strengths represent furthermore important benchmarks for advancing theoretical nuclear structure models. With several new RIB facilities planned and under construction, Coulomb excitation will remain to be an important tool to extend the studies of nuclear shapes toward more exotic systems, and to obtain a more comprehensive and quantitative understanding of shape coexistence.

  5. Coherent phonons excited by two optical pulses

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    Semenov, A. L.; Bezbat'ko, D. N.

    2016-02-01

    Theoretical dependences of the amplitude A and phase φ of photoinduced coherent oscillations of the crystal lattice on the delay time μ between two exciting optical pulses have been derived. It has been shown that φ(μ) is a periodic or decreasing function depending on the experimental conditions. Comparison with the experiment on Bi has been carried out.

  6. Two-Phonon Octupole Excitation in 146Gd

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    Caballero, L.; Rubio, B.; Algora, A.; Nacher, E.; Kleinheinz, P.; Dewald, A.; Fitzler, A.; Jolie, J.; Linnemann, A.; Moeller, O.; Gadea, A.; Julin, R.; Piiparinen, M.; Lunardi, S.; Menegazzo, R.; Yates, S.W.

    2005-11-21

    The excited states in 146Gd have been re-investigated with the 144Sm({alpha},2n) reaction using a modern Ge {gamma}-ray array including a polarimeter. Amongst the non-yrast states populated in this reaction we have identified the aligned 6+ member of the two-phonon octupole quartet from the observation of the E3 branching to the one phonon 3- state. Our results represent the first observation of a 6+{yields}3-{yields}0+ E3 cascade in an even-even nucleus.

  7. Two-Phonon Octupole Excitation in 146Gd

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    Caballero, L.; Rubio, B.; Nacher, E.; Kleinheinz, P.; Algora, A.; Blomqvist, J.; Dewald, A.; Fitzler, A.; Jolie, J.; Linnemann, A.; Moeller, O.; Gadea, A.; Julin, R.; Piiparinen, M.; Lunardi, S.; Menegazzo, R.; Yates, S. W.

    2006-04-26

    The excited states in 146Gd have been re-investigated with the 144Sm({alpha},2n) reaction using a modern Ge {gamma}-ray array including a polarimeter. Amongst the non-yrast states populated in this reaction we have identified the aligned 6+ member of the two-phonon octupole quartet from the observation of the E3 branching to the one phonon 3- state. Our results represent the first observation of a 6+{yields}3-{yields}0+ E3 cascade in an even-even nucleus.

  8. Two-phonon octupole excitation in {sup 146}Gd

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    Caballero, L.; Rubio, B.; Nacher, E.; Kleinheinz, P.; Yates, S. W.; Algora, A.; Dewald, A.; Fitzler, A.; Jolie, J.; Linnemann, A.; Moeller, O.; Gadea, A.; Julin, R.; Piiparinen, M.; Lunardi, S.; Menegazzo, R.; Blomqvist, J.

    2010-03-15

    Based on experimental evidence from the {sup 144}Sm({alpha},2n) reaction, the 3484.7-keV 6{sup +} state in {sup 146}Gd is identified as the highest-spin member of the 3{sup -} x 3{sup -} two-phonon octupole quartet. A previously unknown {gamma} line of 1905.8 keV and E3 character feeding the 3{sup -} octupole state has been observed. These results represent the first observation of a 6{sup +}->3{sup -}->0{sup +} cascade of two E3 transitions in an even-even nucleus and provide strong support for the interpretation of the 6{sup +} state as a two-phonon octupole excitation.

  9. Nuclear collective excitations in a two-phase coexistence region

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    Aguirre, R. M.; De Paoli, A. L.

    2011-04-15

    The relation between collective modes and phase transitions in nuclear matter is examined. The dispersion relations for the low-lying excitations in a linear approach are evaluated within a Landau-Fermi liquid scheme by assuming coexisting phases in thermodynamical equilibrium. Temperature and isospin composition are used as relevant parameters. The in-medium nuclear interaction is provided by a recently proposed density functional model. The low density liquid-gas phase transition is taken as a typical situation for examination. We found significative modifications in the energy spectrum, within a certain range of temperatures and isospin asymmetry, due to the separation of matter into independent phases. The influence of the electromagnetic interaction over the dispersion relation of these collective excitations is also examined.

  10. Instability of insulating states in optical lattices due to collective phonon excitations

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    Yukalov, V. I.; Ziegler, K.

    2015-02-01

    The effect of collective phonon excitations on the properties of cold atoms in optical lattices is investigated. These phonon excitations are collective excitations, whose appearance is caused by intersite atomic interactions correlating the atoms, and they do not arise without such interactions. These collective excitations should not be confused with lattice vibrations produced by an external force. No such force is assumed. But the considered phonons are purely self-organized collective excitations, characterizing atomic oscillations around lattice sites, due to intersite atomic interactions. It is shown that these excitations can essentially influence the possibility of atoms' being localized. The states that would be insulating in the absence of phonon excitations can become delocalized when these excitations are taken into account. This concerns long-range as well as local atomic interactions. To characterize the region of stability, the Lindemann criterion is used.

  11. Impulsive Stimulated Raman Excitation of Coherent Phonons in Antimony

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    Garrett, G. A.; Albrecht, T. F.; Whitaker, J. F.; Merlin, R.

    1996-03-01

    We present results of femtosecond pump-probe measurements on Sb using a mode-locked Ti:Sapphire laser. As in a previous study,(T.K. Cheng, et al.), Appl. Phys. Lett. 57, 1004 (1990) we observed oscillations associated with the A_1g phonon. But unlike this study, we also observed Eg oscillations at low temperatures that obeyed the standard Raman selection rules. This observation is inconsistent with previously suggested phenomenological(H.J. Zeiger, et al.), Phys. Rev. B 45, 768 (1992) and microscopic(A.V. Kuznetsov and C.J. Stanton, Phys. Rev. Lett. 73), 3242 (1994) DECP (displacive excitation of coherent phonons) models. Our results can be explained in the context of ISRS (impulsive stimulated Raman scattering) through incorporation of a complex Raman tensor. In using a complex tensor, we account for the observation that the relative intensity of the two modes differ from that measured in spontaneous Raman scattering. DECP models can also be shown to relate to ISRS under strong resonant conditions.

  12. Fluxes of nonequilibrium photo-excited phonons along surfaces of crystals without an inversion center

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    Blokh, M.D.

    1988-01-01

    The flux of nonequilibrium phonons excited by light in the near-surface domain of a crystal or a thin plate is investigated. An exact expression is obtained for the phonon energy flux for a crystal with a polar direction and its polarization dependence is analyzed. The magnitude of the energy flux can reach the incident light intensity. The temperature difference produced by the flux of nonequilibrium photo-excited phonons is found.

  13. Observation of low- and high-energy Gamow-Teller phonon excitations in nuclei.

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    Fujita, Y; Fujita, H; Adachi, T; Bai, C L; Algora, A; Berg, G P A; von Brentano, P; Colò, G; Csatlós, M; Deaven, J M; Estevez-Aguado, E; Fransen, C; De Frenne, D; Fujita, K; Ganioğlu, E; Guess, C J; Gulyás, J; Hatanaka, K; Hirota, K; Honma, M; Ishikawa, D; Jacobs, E; Krasznahorkay, A; Matsubara, H; Matsuyanagi, K; Meharchand, R; Molina, F; Muto, K; Nakanishi, K; Negret, A; Okamura, H; Ong, H J; Otsuka, T; Pietralla, N; Perdikakis, G; Popescu, L; Rubio, B; Sagawa, H; Sarriguren, P; Scholl, C; Shimbara, Y; Shimizu, Y; Susoy, G; Suzuki, T; Tameshige, Y; Tamii, A; Thies, J H; Uchida, M; Wakasa, T; Yosoi, M; Zegers, R G T; Zell, K O; Zenihiro, J

    2014-03-21

    Gamow-Teller (GT) transitions in atomic nuclei are sensitive to both nuclear shell structure and effective residual interactions. The nuclear GT excitations were studied for the mass number A = 42, 46, 50, and 54 "f-shell" nuclei in ((3)He, t) charge-exchange reactions. In the (42)Ca → (42)Sc reaction, most of the GT strength is concentrated in the lowest excited state at 0.6 MeV, suggesting the existence of a low-energy GT phonon excitation. As A increases, a high-energy GT phonon excitation develops in the 6-11 MeV region. In the (54)Fe → (54)Co reaction, the high-energy GT phonon excitation mainly carries the GT strength. The existence of these two GT phonon excitations are attributed to the 2 fermionic degrees of freedom in nuclei. PMID:24702355

  14. Femtosecond optical excitation of coherent acoustic phonons in a piezoelectric p-n junction

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    Wen, Yu-Chieh; Chern, Gia-Wei; Lin, Kung-Hsuan; Yeh, Jeffrey Jarren; Sun, Chi-Kuang

    2011-11-01

    We present a theoretical model for the photogeneration of coherent acoustic phonons in a piezoelectric p-n junction. In our model, the transport of photoexcited carriers is governed by the drift-diffusion equation, whereas the dynamics of acoustic phonons obeys a loaded string equation. Among various mechanisms, the piezoelectric coupling is found to dominate the acoustic-phonon generation process. The waveform of the photogenerated acoustic pulse is strongly influenced by the various dynamics of the photoexcited carriers, especially the picosecond hole drifting. Our calculation also confirms the crucial role of the built-in electric field in the formation of coherent acoustic phonons under optical excitations.

  15. Terahertz radiation from coherent phonons excited in semiconductors

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    Tani, M.; Fukasawa, R.; Abe, H.; Matsuura, S.; Sakai, K.; Nakashima, S.

    1998-03-01

    Terahertz radiation emitted by coherent phonons in Te, PbTe, and CdTe has been investigated by using an ultrafast photoconductive sampling detector. Pronounced coherent radiation originating from the longitudinal optical (LO) phonon oscillations of infrared-active modes was observed for all samples, irrespective of the different crystal structures. In addition, spectral dips at the transverse optical (TO) phonon frequencies, which could not be explained by absorption in the emitting volume, were observed for all samples. The model calculations indicate that the emission rate of the radiation into the air to that into the dielectric (semiconductor) side is scaled by 1/{1+(nd2+κd2)nd3} (nd and κd are the real and imaginary part of the complex refractive index, respectively). Thus, the enhanced emission of radiation by the coherent LO phonons and the spectral dips at the TO phonon frequencies can be explained by the respective increase and reduction of the emission efficiency of the radiation to the air due to the small and large value of the dielectric constant |ɛd(ω)|=nd2+κd2 near the LO and TO phonon frequencies, respectively.

  16. Critically coupled surface phonon-polariton excitation in silicon carbide.

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    Neuner, Burton; Korobkin, Dmitriy; Fietz, Chris; Carole, Davy; Ferro, Gabriel; Shvets, Gennady

    2009-09-01

    We observe critical coupling to surface phonon-polaritons in silicon carbide by attenuated total reflection of mid-IR radiation. Reflectance measurements demonstrate critical coupling by a double scan of wavelength and incidence angle. Critical coupling occurs when prism coupling loss is equal to losses in silicon carbide and the substrate, resulting in maximal electric field enhancement. PMID:19724526

  17. Investigation of phonon excitations in {sup 114}Cd with the (n,n{sup '}{gamma}) reaction

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    Bandyopadhyay, D.; Lesher, S. R.; Fransen, C.; Boukharouba, N.; McEllistrem, M. T.; Garrett, P. E.; Green, K. L.; Yates, S. W.

    2007-11-15

    Properties of low-spin states in {sup 114}Cd have been studied with the (n,n{sup '}{gamma}) reaction. Gamma-ray angular distributions and excitation functions have been used to characterize the decays of the excited levels. Level lifetimes have been obtained with the Doppler-shift attenuation method. Sixteen new levels and many new transitions have been suggested below 3.5 MeV in excitation energy. Levels belonging to the phonon multiplets have been proposed based on their decay patterns and collectivity, and the existing intruder structure has been extended. A two-phonon 1{sub ms}{sup +} state has been suggested. Excitation of the hexadecapole moment has been considered. Data have been compared with the theoretical calculations of the interacting boson model.

  18. Modeling energy-loss spectra due to phonon excitation

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    Forbes, B. D.; Allen, L. J.

    2016-07-01

    We discuss a fundamental theory of how to calculate the phonon-loss sector of the energy-loss spectrum for electrons scattering from crystalline solids. A correlated model for the atomic motion is used for calculating the vibrational modes. Spectra are calculated for crystalline silicon illuminated by a plane wave and by an atomic-scale focused coherent probe, in which case the spectra depend on probe position. These spectra are also affected by the size of the spectrometer aperture. The correlated model is contrasted with the Einstein model in which atoms in the specimen are assumed to vibrate independently. We also discuss how both the correlated and Einstein models relate to a classical view of the energy-loss process.

  19. Chiral Enhanced Phonon Excitations in Inelastic Electron Tunneling Spectroscopy of Graphene

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    Natterer, Fabian Donat

    2015-03-01

    In graphene, phonons are important agents for a wide range of phenomena; they mediate relaxation rates for hot carriers, they lead to van-Hove singularities, and they induce a renormalization of the Fermi velocity due to electron-phonon coupling and many-body interactions. The previous observations of phonons by inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) have been expandable in terms of detail and resolution, due to weak signals and other spectral features which inhibit a clear distinction between phonons and miscellaneous excitations. We find that utilizing a back gated graphene device, where the graphene charge carrier density can be varied in magnitude and sign, allows all the critical point graphene phonons with large density of states to be sampled by IETS with the scanning tunneling microscope, and in good agreement with density functional calculations. In addition, a strong overtone excitation at 360 meV is observed. Quite surprisingly, we observe all the graphene excitations are resonantly enhanced when the charge carrier type is switched, indicating that this amplification occurs whenever the inelastic transition allows a change in the graphene chirality. The chiral enhancement is observed to follow a linear trend with energy and reaches almost an order of magnitude for the highest transition. Our averaging technique suppresses charge carrier dependent excitations, while it improves the signal for inelastic transitions. This approach can be employed as a guide in advanced studies that are relying on gate tunable graphene devices, such as for the detection of spin, vibrational, or rotational excitations in adsorbates. Collaborators: Y. Zhao* , J. Wyrick* , W. Y. Ruan** , Y-H. Chan** , M-Y. Chou** , N. B. Zhitenev* , J. A. Stroscio* : * NIST/CNST, ** Georgia Tech, FDN appreciates funding from the SNF foundation under Project No. 148891.

  20. Coexisting single-particle and collective excitations in 70As

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    Haring-Kaye, R. A.; Elder, R. M.; Döring, J.; Tabor, S. L.; Volya, A.; Allegro, P. R. P.; Bender, P. C.; Medina, N. H.; Morrow, S. I.; Oliviera, J. R. B.; Tripathi, V.

    2015-10-01

    High-spin states in 70As were studied using the 55Mn(18O,3 n ) fusion-evaporation reaction at a beam energy of 50 MeV. Prompt γ -γ coincidences were measured using the Florida State University Compton-suppressed Ge array consisting of three Clover detectors and seven single-crystal detectors. A reinvestigation of the known level scheme resulted in the addition of 32 new transitions and the rearrangement of 10 others. The high-spin decay pattern of yrast negative-parity states was modified and enhanced extensively. Spins were assigned based on directional correlation of oriented nuclei ratios. Lifetimes of seven excited states were measured using the Doppler-shift attenuation method. The B (E 2 ) rates inferred from the lifetimes of states in the yrast positive-parity band imply substantial collectivity, in agreement with the results of previous studies. Substantial signature splitting and large alternations in the B (M 1 ) strengths were observed in this band as well, supporting the interpretation of an aligned π g9 /2⊗ν g9 /2 intrinsic configuration for this structure beginning at the lowest 9+ state. Large-scale shell-model calculations performed for 70As reproduce the relative energy differences between adjacent levels and the B (M 1 ) rates in the yrast positive-parity band rather well, but underestimate the B (E 2 ) strengths. The g9 /2 orbital occupancies for the lowest 9+ state predicted by the shell-model calculations provide additional evidence of a stretched π g9 /2⊗ν g9 /2 configuration for this state.

  1. Generation of Coherent Phonons in a CdTe Single Crystal Using an Ultrafast Two-Phonon Laser-Excitation Process

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    Mizoguchi, K.; Morishita, R.; Oohata, G.

    2013-02-01

    The detection-energy dependence of a coherent phonon in a (001) CdTe crystal, generated by ultrashort laser pulses with the center energy transparent or opaque to the sample, is investigated using a spectrally resolved pump-probe method. At the excitation in the transparent region, the detection-energy dependence of the phonon amplitude has two peaks at the energy shifted by one times the phonon energy of CdTe from the center energy of the probe pulses. On the other hand, the amplitude in the opaque region shows two peaks at the energy shifted by about two times the phonon energy. This difference occurs even though the observed energies of the coherent phonons in both regions are the same as that of the longitudinal optical phonon of CdTe. The energy shifts in the detection-energy dependence imply that the emission and absorption of one phonon and two phonons in the transparent and opaque regions, respectively, are implicated in coherent phonon generation. In this study, the detection-energy dependence is examined from the viewpoint of the third-order nonlinear susceptibility based on the impulsive stimulated Raman scattering process under nonresonant and resonant conditions.

  2. Phonon-Induced Electron-Hole Excitation and ac Conductance in Molecular Junction

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    Ueda, Akiko; Utsumi, Yasuhiro; Imamura, Hiroshi; Tokura, Yasuhiro

    2016-04-01

    We investigate the linear ac conductance of molecular junctions under a fixed dc bias voltage in the presence of an interaction between a transporting electron and a single local phonon in a molecule with energy ω0. The electron-phonon interaction is treated by the perturbation expansion. The ac conductance as a function of the ac frequency ωac decreases or increases compared with the noninteracting case depending on the magnitude of the dc bias voltage. Furthermore, a dip emerges at ωac ˜ 2ω0. The dip originates from the modification of electron-hole excitation by the ac field, which cannot be obtained by treating the phonon in the linear regime of a classical forced oscillation.

  3. Probing electron-phonon excitations in molecular junctions by quantum interference

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    Bessis, C.; Della Rocca, M. L.; Barraud, C.; Martin, P.; Lacroix, J. C.; Markussen, T.; Lafarge, P.

    2016-01-01

    Electron-phonon coupling is a fundamental inelastic interaction in condensed matter and in molecules. Here we probe phonon excitations using quantum interference in electron transport occurring in short chains of anthraquinone based molecular junctions. By studying the dependence of molecular junction’s conductance as a function of bias voltage and temperature, we show that inelastic scattering of electrons by phonons can be detected as features in conductance resulting from quenching of quantum interference. Our results are in agreement with density functional theory calculations and are well described by a generic two-site model in the framework of non-equilibrium Green’s functions formalism. The importance of the observed inelastic contribution to the current opens up new ways for exploring coherent electron transport through molecular devices. PMID:26864735

  4. Probing electron-phonon excitations in molecular junctions by quantum interference.

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    Bessis, C; Della Rocca, M L; Barraud, C; Martin, P; Lacroix, J C; Markussen, T; Lafarge, P

    2016-01-01

    Electron-phonon coupling is a fundamental inelastic interaction in condensed matter and in molecules. Here we probe phonon excitations using quantum interference in electron transport occurring in short chains of anthraquinone based molecular junctions. By studying the dependence of molecular junction's conductance as a function of bias voltage and temperature, we show that inelastic scattering of electrons by phonons can be detected as features in conductance resulting from quenching of quantum interference. Our results are in agreement with density functional theory calculations and are well described by a generic two-site model in the framework of non-equilibrium Green's functions formalism. The importance of the observed inelastic contribution to the current opens up new ways for exploring coherent electron transport through molecular devices. PMID:26864735

  5. Enhanced thermal radiation in terahertz and far-infrared regime by hot phonon excitation in a field effect transistor

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    Chung, Pei-Kang; Yen, Shun-Tung

    2014-11-14

    We demonstrate the hot phonon effect on thermal radiation in the terahertz and far-infrared regime. A pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor is used for efficiently exciting hot phonons. Boosting the hot phonon population can enhance the efficiency of thermal radiation. The transistor can yield at least a radiation power of 13 μW and a power conversion efficiency higher than a resistor by more than 20%.

  6. Local excitation and interference of surface phonon polaritons studied by near-field infrared microscopy.

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    Huber, A J; Ocelic, N; Hillenbrand, R

    2008-03-01

    We demonstrate that mid-infrared surface phonon polariton excitation, propagation and interference can be studied by scattering-type near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM). In our experiments we image surface phonon polaritons (SPPs) propagating on flat SiC crystals. They are excited by weakly focused illumination of single or closely spaced metal disks we fabricated on the SiC surface by conventional photolithography. SPP imaging is performed by pseudo-heterodyne interferometric detection of infrared light scattered by the metal tip of our s-SNOM. The pseudo-heterodyne technique simultaneously yields optical amplitude and phase images which allows us to measure the SPP wave vector--including its sign--and the propagation length and further to study SPP interference. High resolution imaging of SPPs could be applied to investigate for example SPP focusing or heat transfer by SPPs in low dimensional nanostructures. PMID:18331484

  7. Computation of diffuse scattering arising from one-phonon excitations in a neutron time-of-flight single-crystal Laue diffraction experiment

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    Gutmann, Matthias J.; Graziano, Gabriella; Mukhopadhyay, Sanghamitra; Refson, Keith; von Zimmerman, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Direct phonon excitation in a neutron time-of-flight single-crystal Laue diffraction experiment has been observed in a single crystal of NaCl. At room temperature both phonon emission and excitation leave characteristic features in the diffuse scattering and these are well reproduced using ab initio phonons from density functional theory (DFT). A measurement at 20 K illustrates the effect of thermal population of the phonons, leaving the features corresponding to phonon excitation and strongly suppressing the phonon annihilation. A recipe is given to compute these effects combining DFT results with the geometry of the neutron experiment. PMID:26306090

  8. Role of triple phonon excitations in large angle quasi-elastic scattering of very heavy mass systems

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    Zamrun, Muhammad Firihu

    2016-07-01

    We study the effect of multi-phonon excitations on large-angle quasi-elastic scattering of massive systems using the full order coupled-channels formalism. We especially investigate the role of triple phonon excitations of the target and projectile nuclei on the quasi-elastic scattering cross-section as well as the barrier distribution for 54Cr, 56Fe, 64Ni and 70Zn + 208Pb systems. It is shown that the calculations taken into account, the triple octupole phonon excitations of the target and triple quadrupole phonon excitations of the projectile for these systems can explain the experimental data of the quasi-elastic cross-section and the quasi-elastic barrier distribution. These results indicate that the coupled-channels formalism is still valid even for the very heavy mass systems.

  9. Single-phonon and multi-phonon excitations of the γ vibration in rotating odd-A nuclei

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    Matsuzaki, Masayuki

    2014-10-01

    Background: Collective motions in quantum many-body systems are described as bosonic excitations. Multi-phonon excitations in atomic nuclei, however, were observed very rarely. In particular, the first two-phonon γ vibrational (2γ) excitation in odd-A nuclei was reported in 2006 and only a few have been known so far. Two theoretical calculations for the data on Nb103 were performed, one of which was done by the present author within a limited model space up to 2γ basis states. Quite recently, conspicuously enhanced B (E2)s, reduced E2 transition probabilities, feeding 2γ states were observed in Nb105 and conjectured that their parent states, called band (4), are candidates of 3γ states. Purpose: In the present work, the model space is enlarged up to 4γ basis states. The purpose is twofold: One is to see how the description of 2γ eigenstates in the previous work is improved, and the other is to examine the existence of collective 3γ eigenstates, and when they exist, study their collectivity through calculating interband B (E2)s. Method: The particle-vibration coupling model based on the cranking model and the random-phase approximation is used to calculate the vibrational states in rotating odd-A nuclei. Interband B (E2)s are calculated by adopting the method of the generalized intensity relation. Results: The present model reproduces well the energy spectra and B (E2)s of 0γ-2γ states in Nb103 and Nb105. For 3γ states, calculated spectra indicate that the most collective state with the highest K at zero rotation feels strong Coriolis force after rotation sets in and consequently is observed with lowered K, where K is the projection of the angular momentum to the z axis. The calculated states account for the observed enhanced B (E2)s within factors of 2-3. Conclusions: The present calculation with the enlarged model space reproduces the observed 0γ-2γ states well and predicts properties of collective 3γ states. The most collective one is thought to be

  10. Time Evolution of Charge Carriers & Phonons after Photo-Excitation by an Ultra-Short Light Pulse in Bulk Germanium

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    Fahy, Stephen; Murphy-Armando, Felipe; Trigo, Mariano; Savic, Ivana; Murray, Eamonn; Reis, David

    We have calculated the time-evolution of carriers and generated phonons in Ge after ultrafast photo-excitation above the direct band-gap. The relevant electron-phonon and anharmonic phonon scattering rates are obtained from first-principles electronic structure calculations. Measurements of the x-ray diffuse scattering after excitation near the L point in the Brillouin zone find a relatively slow (5 ps, compared to the typical electron-phonon energy relaxation of the Gamma-L phonon) increase of the phonon population. We find this is due to emission caused by the scattering of electrons between the Delta and L valleys, after the initial depopulation of the Gamma valley. The relative slowness of this process is due to a combination of causes: (i) the finite time for the initial depopulation of the conduction Gamma valley; (ii) the associated electron-phonon coupling is relatively weaker (compared to Gamma-L, Gamma-Delta and Delta-Delta couplings) ; (iii) the TA associated phonon has a long lifetime and (iv) the depopulation of the Delta valley suppresses the phonon emission. Supported by Science Foundation Ireland, Grant 12/1A/1601.

  11. Probing thermomechanics at the nanoscale: impulsively excited pseudosurface acoustic waves in hypersonic phononic crystals.

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    Nardi, Damiano; Travagliati, Marco; Siemens, Mark E; Li, Qing; Murnane, Margaret M; Kapteyn, Henry C; Ferrini, Gabriele; Parmigiani, Fulvio; Banfi, Francesco

    2011-10-12

    High-frequency surface acoustic waves can be generated by ultrafast laser excitation of nanoscale patterned surfaces. Here we study this phenomenon in the hypersonic frequency limit. By modeling the thermomechanics from first-principles, we calculate the system's initial heat-driven impulsive response and follow its time evolution. A scheme is introduced to quantitatively access frequencies and lifetimes of the composite system's excited eigenmodes. A spectral decomposition of the calculated response on the eigemodes of the system reveals asymmetric resonances that result from the coupling between surface and bulk acoustic modes. This finding allows evaluation of impulsively excited pseudosurface acoustic wave frequencies and lifetimes and expands our understanding of the scattering of surface waves in mesoscale metamaterials. The model is successfully benchmarked against time-resolved optical diffraction measurements performed on one-dimensional and two-dimensional surface phononic crystals, probed using light at extreme ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths. PMID:21910426

  12. Probing Thermomechanics at the Nanoscale: Impulsively Excited Pseudosurface Acoustic Waves in Hypersonic Phononic Crystals

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    2011-01-01

    High-frequency surface acoustic waves can be generated by ultrafast laser excitation of nanoscale patterned surfaces. Here we study this phenomenon in the hypersonic frequency limit. By modeling the thermomechanics from first-principles, we calculate the system’s initial heat-driven impulsive response and follow its time evolution. A scheme is introduced to quantitatively access frequencies and lifetimes of the composite system’s excited eigenmodes. A spectral decomposition of the calculated response on the eigemodes of the system reveals asymmetric resonances that result from the coupling between surface and bulk acoustic modes. This finding allows evaluation of impulsively excited pseudosurface acoustic wave frequencies and lifetimes and expands our understanding of the scattering of surface waves in mesoscale metamaterials. The model is successfully benchmarked against time-resolved optical diffraction measurements performed on one-dimensional and two-dimensional surface phononic crystals, probed using light at extreme ultraviolet and near-infrared wavelengths. PMID:21910426

  13. Coherent phonon spectroscopy of non-fully symmetric modes using resonant terahertz excitation

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    Huber, T. Huber, L.; Johnson, S. L.; Ranke, M.; Ferrer, A.

    2015-08-31

    We use intense terahertz (THz) frequency electromagnetic pulses generated via optical rectification in an organic crystal to drive vibrational lattice modes in single crystal Tellurium. The coherent modes are detected by measuring the polarization changes of femtosecond laser pulses reflecting from the sample surface, resulting in a phase-resolved detection of the coherent lattice motion. We compare the data to a model of Lorentz oscillators driven by the near-single-cycle broadband THz pulse. The demonstrated technique of optically probed coherent phonon spectroscopy with THz frequency excitation could prove to be a viable alternative to other time-resolved spectroscopic methods like standard THz time domain spectroscopy.

  14. Coherent phonon spectroscopy of non-fully symmetric modes using resonant terahertz excitation

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    Huber, T.; Ranke, M.; Ferrer, A.; Huber, L.; Johnson, S. L.

    2015-08-01

    We use intense terahertz (THz) frequency electromagnetic pulses generated via optical rectification in an organic crystal to drive vibrational lattice modes in single crystal Tellurium. The coherent modes are detected by measuring the polarization changes of femtosecond laser pulses reflecting from the sample surface, resulting in a phase-resolved detection of the coherent lattice motion. We compare the data to a model of Lorentz oscillators driven by the near-single-cycle broadband THz pulse. The demonstrated technique of optically probed coherent phonon spectroscopy with THz frequency excitation could prove to be a viable alternative to other time-resolved spectroscopic methods like standard THz time domain spectroscopy.

  15. Intermolecular electron transfer from intramolecular excitation and coherent acoustic phonon generation in a hydrogen-bonded charge-transfer solid.

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    Rury, Aaron S; Sorenson, Shayne; Dawlaty, Jahan M

    2016-03-14

    Organic materials that produce coherent lattice phonon excitations in response to external stimuli may provide next generation solutions in a wide range of applications. However, for these materials to lead to functional devices in technology, a full understanding of the possible driving forces of coherent lattice phonon generation must be attained. To facilitate the achievement of this goal, we have undertaken an optical spectroscopic study of an organic charge-transfer material formed from the ubiquitous reduction-oxidation pair hydroquinone and p-benzoquinone. Upon pumping this material, known as quinhydrone, on its intermolecular charge transfer resonance as well as an intramolecular resonance of p-benzoquinone, we find sub-cm(-1) oscillations whose dispersion with probe energy resembles that of a coherent acoustic phonon that we argue is coherently excited following changes in the electron density of quinhydrone. Using the dynamical information from these ultrafast pump-probe measurements, we find that the fastest process we can resolve does not change whether we pump quinhydrone at either energy. Electron-phonon coupling from both ultrafast coherent vibrational and steady-state resonance Raman spectroscopies allows us to determine that intramolecular electronic excitation of p-benzoquinone also drives the electron transfer process in quinhydrone. These results demonstrate the wide range of electronic excitations of the parent of molecules found in many functional organic materials that can drive coherent lattice phonon excitations useful for applications in electronics, photonics, and information technology. PMID:26979698

  16. Intermolecular electron transfer from intramolecular excitation and coherent acoustic phonon generation in a hydrogen-bonded charge-transfer solid

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    Rury, Aaron S.; Sorenson, Shayne; Dawlaty, Jahan M.

    2016-03-01

    Organic materials that produce coherent lattice phonon excitations in response to external stimuli may provide next generation solutions in a wide range of applications. However, for these materials to lead to functional devices in technology, a full understanding of the possible driving forces of coherent lattice phonon generation must be attained. To facilitate the achievement of this goal, we have undertaken an optical spectroscopic study of an organic charge-transfer material formed from the ubiquitous reduction-oxidation pair hydroquinone and p-benzoquinone. Upon pumping this material, known as quinhydrone, on its intermolecular charge transfer resonance as well as an intramolecular resonance of p-benzoquinone, we find sub-cm-1 oscillations whose dispersion with probe energy resembles that of a coherent acoustic phonon that we argue is coherently excited following changes in the electron density of quinhydrone. Using the dynamical information from these ultrafast pump-probe measurements, we find that the fastest process we can resolve does not change whether we pump quinhydrone at either energy. Electron-phonon coupling from both ultrafast coherent vibrational and steady-state resonance Raman spectroscopies allows us to determine that intramolecular electronic excitation of p-benzoquinone also drives the electron transfer process in quinhydrone. These results demonstrate the wide range of electronic excitations of the parent of molecules found in many functional organic materials that can drive coherent lattice phonon excitations useful for applications in electronics, photonics, and information technology.

  17. First principle simulations of phonons and thermal excitations of ultra-cold non-neutral ion plasmas in Penning traps

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    Meiser, Dominic; Sawyer, Brian C.; Britton, Joesph W.; Bollinger, John J.

    2013-10-01

    Ultra-cold ions in Penning traps are a powerful platform for research in strongly correlated plasmas, quantum information, quantum metrology, and simulation of complex many-body problems of condensed matter theory. Thermal excitations of the ion crystals play a central role in these experiments. On the one hand, the motion associated with them is a limiting factor for the performance of current experiments. Better cooling of the ions could pave the way to new experiments. On the other hand, phonons are instrumental in some of the quantum simulation experiments because they allow one to engineer specific effective interactions between the spins of different ions. To better understand the phonons and thermal excitations in ultra-cold ion crystals we have carried out first principles molecular dynamics simulations. These simulations include a microscopic model for the laser cooling in addition to the cyclotron motion, trapping potentials, and Coulomb interactions between pairs of ions. We present results from these simulations on the stationary properties of planar ion crystals, phonon spectra and phonon mode structures, temperature of the phonon modes, and the dynamics of rearrangements of ions in the crystal.

  18. Unique and complementary information on shape coexistence in the neutron-deficient Pb region derived from Coulomb excitation

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    Wrzosek-Lipska, K.; Gaffney, L. P.

    2016-02-01

    Neutron-deficient isotopes of Pt-Hg-Pb-Po-Rn are the classic region in the investigation of shape coexistence in atomic nuclei. A large programme of Coulomb-excitation experiments has been undertaken at the REX-ISOLDE facility in CERN with a number of even-even isotopes in this region. These experiments have been used to probe the electromagnetic properties of yrast and non-yrast states of even-even exotic nuclei, above and below Z = 82. Amongst a large amount of different complementary techniques used to study nuclear structure, Coulomb excitation brings substantial and unique information detailing shape coexistence. In this paper we review the Coulomb-excitation campaign at REX-ISOLDE in the light-lead region together with most recently obtained results. Furthermore, we present some new interpretations that arise from this data and show testing comparisons to state-of-the-art nuclear models.

  19. Nuclear response theory for spin-isospin excitations in a relativistic quasiparticle-phonon coupling framework

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    Robin, Caroline; Litvinova, Elena

    2016-07-01

    A new theoretical approach to spin-isospin excitations in open-shell nuclei is presented. The developed method is based on the relativistic meson-exchange nuclear Lagrangian of Quantum Hadrodynamics and extends the response theory for superfluid nuclear systems beyond relativistic quasiparticle random phase approximation in the proton-neutron channel (pn-RQRPA). The coupling between quasiparticle degrees of freedom and collective vibrations (phonons) introduces a time-dependent effective interaction, in addition to the exchange of pion and ρ -meson taken into account without retardation. The time-dependent contributions are treated in the resonant time-blocking approximation, in analogy to the previously developed relativistic quasiparticle time-blocking approximation (RQTBA) in the neutral (non-isospin-flip) channel. The new method is called proton-neutron RQTBA (pn-RQTBA) and is applied to the Gamow-Teller resonance in a chain of neutron-rich nickel isotopes 68-78Ni . A strong fragmentation of the resonance along with quenching of the strength, as compared to pn-RQRPA, is obtained. Based on the calculated strength distribution, beta-decay half-lives of the considered isotopes are computed and compared to pn-RQRPA half-lives and to experimental data. It is shown that a considerable improvement of the half-life description is obtained in pn-RQTBA because of the spreading effects, which bring the lifetimes to a very good quantitative agreement with data.

  20. Grating-coupled Otto configuration for hybridized surface phonon polariton excitation for local refractive index sensitivity enhancement.

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    Pechprasarn, Suejit; Learkthanakhachon, Supannee; Zheng, Gaige; Shen, Hong; Lei, Dang Yuan; Somekh, Michael G

    2016-08-22

    We demonstrate numerically through rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA) that replacing the prism in the Otto configuration with gratings enables us to excite and control different modes and field patterns of surface phonon polaritons (SPhPs) through the incident wavelength and height of the Otto spacing layer. This modified Otto configuration provides us the following multiple modes, namely, SPhP mode, Fabry-Pérot (FP) cavity resonance, dielectric waveguide grating resonance (DWGR) and hybridized between different combinations of the above mentioned modes. We show that this modified grating-coupled Otto configuration has a highly confined field pattern within the structure, making it more sensitive to local refractive index changes on the SiC surface. The hybridized surface phonon polariton modes also provide a stronger field enhancement compared to conventional pure mode excitation. PMID:27557229

  1. Fano interference at the excitation of coherent phonons: Relation between the asymmetry parameter and the initial phase of coherent oscillations

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    Misochko, O. V. Lebedev, M. V.

    2015-04-15

    The theoretical assertion that the Fano asymmetry parameter and the asymptotic initial phase of a harmonic oscillator interacting with a continuum are interrelated is experimentally verified. By an example of coherent fully symmetric A{sub 1g} phonons in bismuth that are excited by ultrashort laser pulses at liquid helium temperature, it is demonstrated that, for negative values of the asymmetry parameter, the asymptotic phase increases as the modulus of the parameter decreases.

  2. Experimental demonstration of mode-selective phonon excitation of 6H-SiC by a mid-infrared laser with anti-Stokes Raman scattering spectroscopy

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    Yoshida, Kyohei; Hachiya, Kan; Okumura, Kensuke; Mishima, Kenta; Inukai, Motoharu; Torgasin, Konstantin; Omer, Mohamed; Sonobe, Taro; Zen, Heishun; Negm, Hani; Kii, Toshiteru; Masuda, Kai; Ohgaki, Hideaki

    2013-10-28

    Mode-selective phonon excitation by a mid-infrared laser (MIR-FEL) is demonstrated via anti-Stokes Raman scattering measurements of 6H-silicon carbide (SiC). Irradiation of SiC with MIR-FEL and a Nd-YAG laser at 14 K produced a peak where the Raman shift corresponds to a photon energy of 119 meV (10.4 μm). This phenomenon is induced by mode-selective phonon excitation through the irradiation of MIR-FEL, whose photon energy corresponds to the photon-absorption of a particular phonon mode.

  3. Identification of excited structures in proton unbound nuclei 173,175,177Au: shape co-existence and intruder bands

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    Kondev, F. G.; Carpenter, M. P.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Abu Saleem, K.; Ahmad, I.; Amro, H.; Cizewski, J. A.; Danchev, M.; Davids, C. N.; Hartley, D. J.; Heinz, A.; Khoo, T. L.; Lauritsen, T.; Lister, C. J.; Ma, W. C.; Poli, G. L.; Ressler, J.; Reviol, W.; Riedinger, L. L.; Seweryniak, D.; Smith, M. B.; Wiedenhöver, I.

    2001-07-01

    Excited states in the proton-unbound 173,175,177Au nuclei were identified for the first time. Level structures associated with three different shapes were observed in 175Au. While the yrast lines of 175Au and 177Au consist of a prolate band built upon the intruder 1/2+[660] (i13/2) proton orbital, no sign of collectivity was observed in the lighter 173Au isotope. Implications for the deformation associated with these structures are discussed with a focus on shape co-existence in the vicinity of the proton-drip line.

  4. Multi-quasiparticle excitation: Extending shape coexistence in A{approx}190 neutron-deficient nuclei

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    Shi Yue; Liu, H. L.; Xu, F. R.; Walker, P. M.

    2010-10-15

    Multi-quasiparticle high-K states in neutron-deficient mercury, lead, and polonium isotopes have been investigated systematically by means of configuration-constrained potential-energy-surface calculations. An abundance of high-K states is predicted with both prolate and oblate shapes, which extends the shape coexistence of the mass region. Well-deformed shapes provide good conditions for the formation of isomers, as exemplified in {sup 188}Pb. Of particular interest is the prediction of low-lying 10{sup -} states in polonium isotopes, which indicate long-lived isomers.

  5. Multi-quasiparticle excitation: Extending shape coexistence in A~190 neutron-deficient nuclei

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    Shi, Yue; Xu, F. R.; Liu, H. L.; Walker, P. M.

    2010-10-01

    Multi-quasiparticle high-K states in neutron-deficient mercury, lead, and polonium isotopes have been investigated systematically by means of configuration-constrained potential-energy-surface calculations. An abundance of high-K states is predicted with both prolate and oblate shapes, which extends the shape coexistence of the mass region. Well-deformed shapes provide good conditions for the formation of isomers, as exemplified in Pb188. Of particular interest is the prediction of low-lying 10- states in polonium isotopes, which indicate long-lived isomers.

  6. Spin Excitations and Phonon Anomaly in Quasi-1D Spiral Magneti CuBr2

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    Li, Yuan; Wang, Chong; Yu, Daiwei; Wang, Lichen; Wang, Fa; Iida, Kazuki; Kamazawa, Kazuya; Wakimoto, Shuichi

    CuBr2 can be considered as a model quasi-one-dimensional (quasi-1D) spin-1/2 magnet, in which the frustrating ferromagnetic nearest-neighbor and antiferromagnetic next-nearest-neighbor exchange interactions give rise to a cycloidal magnetic order below TN = 73 K. The removal of inversion symmetry by the magnetic order also makes the material a type-II multiferroic system with a remarkably simple crystal structure. Using time-of-flight inelastic neutron scattering spectroscopy, we have determined the spin-wave as well as phonon spectra throughout the entire Brillouin zone. The spin-wave spectrum exhibits pronounced anisotropy and magnon damping, consistent with the material's quasi-1D nature and the non-colinear spin structure. The phonon spectrum exhibits dramatic discontinuities in the dispersion across the quasi-1D magnetic wave vector, indicative of strong magnetoelastic coupling and possibly of a spin-orbital texture that comes along with the spin correlations.

  7. Second Harmonic Generation and Confined Acoustic Phonons in HighlyExcited Semiconductor Nanocrystals

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    Son, Dong Hee; Wittenberg, Joshua S.; Banin, Uri; Alivisatos, A.Paul

    2006-03-30

    The photo-induced enhancement of second harmonic generation, and the effect of nanocrystal shape and pump intensity on confined acoustic phonons in semiconductor nanocrystals, has been investigated with time-resolved scattering and absorption measurements. The second harmonic signal showed a sublinear increase of the second order susceptibility with respect to the pump pulse energy, indicating a reduction of the effective one-electron second-order nonlinearity with increasing electron-hole density in the nanocrystals. The coherent acoustic phonons in spherical and rod-shaped semiconductor nanocrystals were detected in a time-resolved absorption measurement. Both nanocrystal morphologies exhibited oscillatory modulation of the absorption cross section, the frequency of which corresponded to their coherent radial breathing modes. The amplitude of the oscillation also increased with the level of photoexcitation, suggesting an increase in the amplitude of the lattice displacement as well.

  8. Study of crystal-field excitations and infrared active phonons in the multiferroic hexagonal DyMnO3

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    Jandl, S.; Mansouri, S.; Vermette, J.; Mukhin, A. A.; Ivanov, V. Yu; Balbashov, A.; Orlita, M.

    2013-11-01

    In hexagonal DyMnO3, Dy3+ crystal-field excitations are studied as a function of temperature and applied magnetic field. They are complemented with the measurements of infrared active phonon frequency shifts under applied magnetic field at T = 4.2 K. Between TN = 68 K and T = 10 K, the absence of Dy3+ Kramers doublet splittings at either the C3 or the C3v site symmetries indicates that the Mn3+ magnetic order effective exchange field has no component parallel to the c-axis at either site. Below T = 10 K, the ground state Kramers doublet splits under the Dy3+ internal effective field as well as the applied magnetic field. Also, relatively strong infrared active phonon energy shifts are observed in magneto-infrared reflectance measurements at T = 4.2 K, allowing the calculation of the induced electric polarization changes as a function of the applied magnetic field. Such changes are associated with a large magnetoelectric effect in DyMnO3, arising from a charge transfer between Dy3+ and apical oxygen ions.

  9. Displacive lattice excitation through nonlinear phononics viewed by femtosecond X-ray diffraction

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    Först, M.; Mankowsky, R.; Bromberger, H.; Fritz, D. M.; Lemke, H.; Zhu, D.; Chollet, M.; Tomioka, Y.; Tokura, Y.; Merlin, R.; Hill, J. P.; Johnson, S. L.; Cavalleri, A.

    2013-09-01

    The nonlinear lattice dynamics of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3, as initiated by strong mid-infrared femtosecond pulses made resonant with a specific lattice vibration, are measured with ultrafast X-ray diffraction at the LCLS free electron laser. Our experiments show that large amplitude excitation of an infrared-active stretching mode leads also to a displacive motion along the coordinate of a second, anharmonically coupled, Raman mode. This rectification of the vibrational field is described within the framework of the Ionic Raman Scattering theory and explains how direct lattice excitation in the nonlinear regime can induce a structural phase transition.

  10. Anharmonic phonon-polariton excitation through impulsive stimulated Raman scattering and detection through wave vector overtone spectroscopy: Theory and comparison to experiments on lithium tantalate

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    Romero-Rochín, Víctor; Koehl, Richard M.; Brennan, Ciaran J.; Nelson, Keith A.

    1999-08-01

    We study theoretically the generation of coherent, anharmonic phonon-polariton responses through impulsive stimulated Raman scattering with intense, crossed ultrafast excitation pulses. We find that the refractive index appears modulated at the stimulated scattering wave vector and the corresponding phonon-polariton frequency, and, due to anharmonicity, at stimulated scattering wave vector overtones and their corresponding frequencies. A realistic model of the soft lattice vibrational mode of the ferroelectric crystal lithium tantalate is considered in detail. Specific predictions for the magnitudes of different wave vector overtone contributions to the lattice displacement are made compared to experimental observations of anharmonic lattice responses.

  11. Role of Polar Phonons in the Photo Excited State of Metal Halide Perovskites.

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    Bokdam, Menno; Sander, Tobias; Stroppa, Alessandro; Picozzi, Silvia; Sarma, D D; Franchini, Cesare; Kresse, Georg

    2016-01-01

    The development of high efficiency perovskite solar cells has sparked a multitude of measurements on the optical properties of these materials. For the most studied methylammonium(MA)PbI3 perovskite, a large range (6-55 meV) of exciton binding energies has been reported by various experiments. The existence of excitons at room temperature is unclear. For the MAPbX3 perovskites we report on relativistic Bethe-Salpeter Equation calculations (GW-BSE). This method is capable to directly calculate excitonic properties from first-principles. At low temperatures it predicts exciton binding energies in agreement with the reported 'large' values. For MAPbI3, phonon modes present in this frequency range have a negligible contribution to the ionic screening. By calculating the polarization in time from finite temperature molecular dynamics, we show that at room temperature this does not change. We therefore exclude ionic screening as an explanation for the experimentally observed reduction of the exciton binding energy at room temperature and argue in favor of the formation of polarons. PMID:27350083

  12. Role of Polar Phonons in the Photo Excited State of Metal Halide Perovskites

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    Bokdam, Menno; Sander, Tobias; Stroppa, Alessandro; Picozzi, Silvia; Sarma, D. D.; Franchini, Cesare; Kresse, Georg

    2016-01-01

    The development of high efficiency perovskite solar cells has sparked a multitude of measurements on the optical properties of these materials. For the most studied methylammonium(MA)PbI3 perovskite, a large range (6–55 meV) of exciton binding energies has been reported by various experiments. The existence of excitons at room temperature is unclear. For the MAPbX3 perovskites we report on relativistic Bethe-Salpeter Equation calculations (GW-BSE). This method is capable to directly calculate excitonic properties from first-principles. At low temperatures it predicts exciton binding energies in agreement with the reported ‘large’ values. For MAPbI3, phonon modes present in this frequency range have a negligible contribution to the ionic screening. By calculating the polarization in time from finite temperature molecular dynamics, we show that at room temperature this does not change. We therefore exclude ionic screening as an explanation for the experimentally observed reduction of the exciton binding energy at room temperature and argue in favor of the formation of polarons. PMID:27350083

  13. Role of Polar Phonons in the Photo Excited State of Metal Halide Perovskites

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    Bokdam, Menno; Sander, Tobias; Stroppa, Alessandro; Picozzi, Silvia; Sarma, D. D.; Franchini, Cesare; Kresse, Georg

    2016-06-01

    The development of high efficiency perovskite solar cells has sparked a multitude of measurements on the optical properties of these materials. For the most studied methylammonium(MA)PbI3 perovskite, a large range (6–55 meV) of exciton binding energies has been reported by various experiments. The existence of excitons at room temperature is unclear. For the MAPbX3 perovskites we report on relativistic Bethe-Salpeter Equation calculations (GW-BSE). This method is capable to directly calculate excitonic properties from first-principles. At low temperatures it predicts exciton binding energies in agreement with the reported ‘large’ values. For MAPbI3, phonon modes present in this frequency range have a negligible contribution to the ionic screening. By calculating the polarization in time from finite temperature molecular dynamics, we show that at room temperature this does not change. We therefore exclude ionic screening as an explanation for the experimentally observed reduction of the exciton binding energy at room temperature and argue in favor of the formation of polarons.

  14. Correlated anomalous phase diffusion of sideband-excited phonons in an electromechanical resonator

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    Dong, Xiaoshi; Sun, Fengpei; Zou, Jie; Dykman, Mark; Chan, Hobun

    We study the phase fluctuations of self-sustained oscillations induced by dynamical backaction in a micromechanical resonator. The resonatorhas two vibrational modes with strongly differing frequencies and decay rates. The high-frequency mode acts as a phonon cavity mode, playing a similar role as photon modes in optomechanical systems. When sufficiently strong pumping is applied at the blue-detuned sideband of the cavity, the dynamical backaction leads to a parametric instability accompanied by self-sustained oscillations. We find that self-sustained oscillations are induced not only in the low frequency mechanical mode, but also in the high frequency cavity mode. The nonlinear nature of the backaction leads to hysteresis of this self-sustained oscillations. In each mode, the phase undergoes anomalous diffusion, where the mean square phase change in time follows a superlinear power law. The exponent of this power law is determined by the 1/f-type intrinsic frequency noise of the resonator. Remarkably, the phase fluctuation of the two modes show near perfect anti-correlation, our findings show that self-sustained oscillations induced by dynamical backaction offer new opportunities of phase manipulation and investigation of fundamental properties of resonating.

  15. Picosecond x-ray strain rosette reveals direct laser excitation of coherent transverse acoustic phonons

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    Lee, Sooheyong; Williams, G. Jackson; Campana, Maria I.; Walko, Donald A.; Landahl, Eric C.

    2016-01-11

    Using a strain-rosette, we demonstrate the existence of transverse strain using time-resolved x-ray diffraction from multiple Bragg reflections in laser-excited bulk gallium arsenide. We find that anisotropic strain is responsible for a considerable fraction of the total lattice motion at early times before thermal equilibrium is achieved. Our measurements are described by a new model where the Poisson ratio drives transverse motion, resulting in the creation of shear waves without the need for an indirect process such as mode conversion at an interface. Finally, using the same excitation geometry with the narrow-gap semiconductor indium antimonide, we detected coherent transverse acousticmore » oscillations at frequencies of several GHz.« less

  16. Picosecond x-ray strain rosette reveals direct laser excitation of coherent transverse acoustic phonons

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    Lee, Sooheyong; Williams, G. Jackson; Campana, Maria I.; Walko, Donald A.; Landahl, Eric C.

    2016-01-01

    Using a strain-rosette, we demonstrate the existence of transverse strain using time-resolved x-ray diffraction from multiple Bragg reflections in laser-excited bulk gallium arsenide. We find that anisotropic strain is responsible for a considerable fraction of the total lattice motion at early times before thermal equilibrium is achieved. Our measurements are described by a new model where the Poisson ratio drives transverse motion, resulting in the creation of shear waves without the need for an indirect process such as mode conversion at an interface. Using the same excitation geometry with the narrow-gap semiconductor indium antimonide, we detected coherent transverse acoustic oscillations at frequencies of several GHz. PMID:26751616

  17. Sigma meson and phonon-like excitations of the instanton vacuum

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    Zinovjev, G. M.; Molodtsov, S. V.; Siemiarczuk, T.; Sissakian, A. N.; Sorin, A. S.

    2008-02-15

    The possible nature of two experimentally observed scalar mesons that are widely spaced in mass and whose special features may be caused by the excitations of the instanton liquid considered as a model of the QCD vacuum. It is shown that mass changes in the scalar sector may prove to be unexpectably large, even though the scale of such corrections to the dynamical quark mass is relatively small.

  18. Role of Triple Phonon Excitations on Large Angle Quasi-elastic Scattering of {sup 54}Cr+{sup 208}Pb System

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    Zamrun, Muhammad F.; Kasim, Hasan Abu

    2011-03-30

    We study the large angle quasi-elastic scattering of {sup 54}Cr+{sup 208}Pb system in terms of the full-order coupled-channels formalism. We especially investigate the role of single, double and triple phonon excitations on quasi-elastic scattering cross section as well as quasi-elastic barrier distribution of this system for which the experimental data have been measured. It is shown that the triple phonon excitations both in {sup 54}Cr and {sup 208}Pb nuclei seem to be needed by the present coupled-channels calculations in order to reproduce the experimental data of quasi-elastic cross section and barrier distribution for the {sup 54}Cr+{sup 208}Pb system. We also show that the standard value of the surface diffuseness parameter for the nuclear potential a = 0.63 fm, is preferred by the experimental quasi-elastic scattering data for this system.

  19. Probing ultrafast excitation energy transfer of the chlorosome with exciton-phonon variational dynamics.

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    Somoza Márquez, Alejandro; Chen, Lipeng; Sun, Kewei; Zhao, Yang

    2016-07-27

    The chlorosome antenna complex is a fascinating structure which due to its immense scale, accurate simulation of excitation energy transfer (EET) dynamics supposes a genuine computational challenge. Resonant vibronic modes have been recently identified in 2D spectra of the chlorosome which motivates our present endeavour of modelling electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom on an equal footing. Following the Dirac-Frenkel time-dependent variational principle, we exploit a general theory of polaron dynamics in two-dimensional lattices based on the Holstein molecular crystal model and investigate a single rod model of pigment aggregates. Unlike reduced formalisms, explicit integration of the degrees of freedom of both the system and the bath requires extensive computational resources. We exploit the architecture of graphic processor units (GPUs) by implementing our simulations on this platform. The simulation of dynamic properties of hundreds or even thousands of pigments is thus achievable in just a few hours. The potential investigation and design of natural or engineered two-dimensional pigment networks can thus be accommodated. Due to the lack of consensus regarding the precise arrangement of chromophores in the chlorosome, helicity and dimerization are investigated independently, extracting their contributions to both optical and EET properties. The presence of dimerization is found to slow down the delocalization process. Exciton delocalization is completed in 100 fs in a single rod aggregate whose dimensions (20 nm) fairly exceed the estimated extent of a coherent domain. Ultrafast energy relaxation in the exciton manifold occurs in 50 fs and the duration of super-diffusive transport is found to last for about 80 fs. PMID:26792106

  20. Mueller matrix ellipsometry studies of the optical phonons and crystal field excitations in multiferroic orthoferrites RFeO3 (R=Tb,Dy)

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    Martinez, V. A.; Stanislavchuk, T. N.; Sirenko, A. A.; Litvinchuk, A. P.; Wang, Yazhong; Cheong, S. W.

    Optical properties of multiferroic orthoferrites RFeO3 (R=Tb,Dy) bulk crystals have been studied in the far-infrared range from 50 to 1000 cm-1 and temperatures from 7 K to 300 K. Mueller matrix and rotating analyzer ellipsometry measurements were carried out at the U4IR beamline of the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Lab. Optical phonon spectra and crystal field excitations were measured for all three orthorhombic axes of RFeO3. In the experimental temperature dependencies of the phonon frequencies we found non-Grüneisen behavior caused by the electron-phonon and spin-phonon interactions. We determined the symmetries and selection rules for the crystal field transitions in Tb3+ and Dy3+ ions. Magnetic field dependencies of the optical spectra allowed us to determine anisotropy of the crystal field g-factors for Tb3+ and Dy3+ ions. This Project is supported by collaborative DOE Grant DE-FG02-07ER46382 between Rutgers U. and NJIT. Use of NSLS-BNL was supported by DOE DE-AC02-98CH10886. V.A. Martinez was supported by NEU NSF-1343716.

  1. Direct measurement of lattice dynamics and optical phonon excitation in semiconductor nanocrystals using femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy.

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    Hannah, Daniel C; Brown, Kristen E; Young, Ryan M; Wasielewski, Michael R; Schatz, George C; Co, Dick T; Schaller, Richard D

    2013-09-01

    We report femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy measurements of lattice dynamics in semiconductor nanocrystals and characterize longitudinal optical (LO) phonon production during confinement-enhanced, ultrafast intraband relaxation. Stimulated Raman signals from unexcited CdSe nanocrystals produce a spectral shape similar to spontaneous Raman signals. Upon photoexcitation, stimulated Raman amplitude decreases owing to experimentally resolved ultrafast phonon generation rates within the lattice. We find a ∼600  fs, particle-size-independent depletion time attributed to hole cooling, evidence of LO-to-acoustic down-conversion, and LO phonon mode softening. PMID:25166708

  2. Electron-Phonon Coupling and CT-Character in the lowest Triplet Excited State of Anthracene EDA-Complex Crystals

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    Maier, S.; Port, H.

    1987-11-01

    Photoexcitation spectra of triplet (T1← S0) zero-phonon lines and phonon sidebands in different anthracene electron donor-acceptor (EDA) complex crystals (A-PMDA, A-TCNB, A-TCPA) have been analyzed between 1.3 K and 50 K at high spectral resolution. From the electron-phonon coupling strength at T = 0 K values of the charge-transfer (CT) character in the range between 6% and 10% are calculated. The differences in these values are found to be correlated with the energetic positions of the triplet state, which are explained within the framework of the Mulliken theory.

  3. Relaxation of a hot-electron-two-mode-phonon system in highly excited CdS1-xSex crystals

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    Žukauskas, A.; Juršėnas, S.

    1995-02-01

    An investigation of the electron-hole-plasma effective-temperature relaxation in highly excited CdS1-xSex mixed crystals is presented. The slow (~100-ps) relaxation stage, attributed to the depopulation of the fragments (decay products) of the initially produced nonequilibrium LO phonons, is examined with variation of the alloy composition. The relevant relaxation time dependence on x exhibiting a remarkable drop at small CdSe mole fractions is analyzed in terms of a two-route energy relaxation model considering hot-carrier plasma and two generations of nonequilibrium phonons each originating from both pure constituents of the alloy. The disorder-enhanced cross relaxation between two sublattices of the alloy is inferred to account for the experimental results.

  4. Temperature dependence of phonon-defect interactions: phonon scattering vs. phonon trapping

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    Bebek, M. B.; Stanley, C. M.; Gibbons, T. M.; Estreicher, S. K.

    2016-01-01

    The interactions between thermal phonons and defects are conventionally described as scattering processes, an idea proposed almost a century ago. In this contribution, ab-initio molecular-dynamics simulations provide atomic-level insight into the nature of these interactions. The defect is the Si|X interface in a nanowire containing a δ-layer (X is C or Ge). The phonon-defect interactions are temperature dependent and involve the trapping of phonons for meaningful lengths of time in defect-related, localized, vibrational modes. No phonon scattering occurs and the momentum of the phonons released by the defect is unrelated to the momentum of the phonons that generated the excitation. The results are extended to the interactions involving only bulk phonons and to phonon-defect interactions at high temperatures. These do resemble scattering since phonon trapping occurs for a length of time short enough for the momentum of the incoming phonon to be conserved. PMID:27535463

  5. Temperature dependence of phonon-defect interactions: phonon scattering vs. phonon trapping.

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    Bebek, M B; Stanley, C M; Gibbons, T M; Estreicher, S K

    2016-01-01

    The interactions between thermal phonons and defects are conventionally described as scattering processes, an idea proposed almost a century ago. In this contribution, ab-initio molecular-dynamics simulations provide atomic-level insight into the nature of these interactions. The defect is the Si|X interface in a nanowire containing a δ-layer (X is C or Ge). The phonon-defect interactions are temperature dependent and involve the trapping of phonons for meaningful lengths of time in defect-related, localized, vibrational modes. No phonon scattering occurs and the momentum of the phonons released by the defect is unrelated to the momentum of the phonons that generated the excitation. The results are extended to the interactions involving only bulk phonons and to phonon-defect interactions at high temperatures. These do resemble scattering since phonon trapping occurs for a length of time short enough for the momentum of the incoming phonon to be conserved. PMID:27535463

  6. PHONONS IN INTRINSIC JOSEPHSON SYSTEMS

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    C. PREIS; K. SCHMALZL; ET AL

    2000-10-01

    Subgap structures in the I-V curves of layered superconductors are explained by the excitation of phonons by Josephson oscillations. In the presence of a magnetic field applied parallel to the layers additional structures due to fluxon motion appear. Their coupling with phonons is investigated theoretically and a shift of the phonon resonances in strong magnetic fields is predicted.

  7. Quasi-two-dimensional spin and phonon excitations in La1.965Ba0.035CuO4

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    Wagman, J. J.; Parshall, D.; Stone, Matthew B.; Savici, Andrei T.; Zhao, Yang; Dabkowska, H. A.; Gaulin, B. D.

    2015-06-03

    Here, we present time-of-fight inelastic neutron scattering measurements of La1.965Ba0.035CuO4 (LBCO), a lightly doped member of the high temperature superconducting La-based cuprate family. By using time-of-flight neutron instrumentation coupled with single crystal sample rotation we obtain a four-dimensional data set (three Q and one energy) that is both comprehensive and spans a large region of reciprocal space. Our measurements identify rich structure in the energy dependence of the highly dispersive spin excitations, which are centered at equivalent (1/2, 1/2, L) wave-vectors. These structures correlate strongly with several crossings of the spin excitations with the lightly dispersive phonons found in thismore » system. These eects are signicant and account for on the order of 25% of the total inelastic scattering for energies between ≈5 and 40meV at low |Q|. Interestingly, this scattering also presents little or no L-dependence. As the phonons and dispersive spin excitations centred at equivalent (1/2, 1/2, L) wave-vectors are common to all members of La-based 214 copper oxides, we conclude such strong quasi-two dimensional scattering enhancements are likely to occur in all such 214 families of materials, including those concentrations corresponding to superconducting ground states. Such a phenomenon appears to be a fundamental characteristic of these materials and is potentially related to superconducting pairing.« less

  8. Coexistence of Haldane Gap Excitations and Long-Range Order in R{sub 2}BaNiO{sub 5} (R=Rare Earth)

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    Zheludev, A.

    1997-12-31

    R2BaNiO5 (R = rare earth) quasi-1-D antiferromagnets are structurally equivalent to the well-studied 1-D S = 1 Haldane-gap compound Y2BaNiO5. Unlike the Y-nickelate though, these materials undergo 3-D magnetic ordering at finite temperatures. Recent inelastic neutron scattering studies of Pr2BaNiO5 and (Nd(x)Y(1-x))2BaNiO5 revealed purely one-dimensional gap excitations that propagate exclusively on the Ni-chains and are strikingly similar to Haldane gap modes in Y2BaNiO5. In the ordered phase these excitations survive and actually coexist with conventional spin waves. The results suggest that the Haldane singlet ground state of the Ni-chains is not fully destroyed by Neel ordering.

  9. Experimental evidence of excited electron number density and temperature effects on electron-phonon coupling in gold films

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    Giri, Ashutosh; Gaskins, John T.; Foley, Brian M.; Cheaito, Ramez; Hopkins, Patrick E.

    2015-01-28

    The electronic transport properties of metals with weak electron-phonon coupling can be influenced by non-thermal electrons. Relaxation processes involving non-thermal electrons competing with the thermalized electron system have led to inconsistencies in the understanding of how electrons scatter and relax with the less energetic lattice. Recent theoretical and computational works have shown that the rate of energy relaxation with the metallic lattice will change depending on the thermalization state of the electrons. Even though 20 years of experimental works have focused on understanding and isolating these electronic relaxation mechanisms with short pulsed irradiation, discrepancies between these existing works have not clearly answered the fundamental question of the competing effects between non-thermal and thermal electrons losing energy to the lattice. In this work, we demonstrate the ability to measure the electron relaxation for varying degrees of both electron-electron and electron-phonon thermalization. This series of measurements of electronic relaxation over a predicted effective electron temperature range up to ∼3500 K and minimum lattice temperatures of 77 K validate recent computational and theoretical works that theorize how a nonequilibrium distribution of electrons transfers energy to the lattice. Utilizing this wide temperature range during pump-probe measurements of electron-phonon relaxation, we explain discrepancies in the past two decades of literature of electronic relaxation rates. We experimentally demonstrate that the electron-phonon coupling factor in gold increases with increasing lattice temperature and laser fluences. Specifically, we show that at low laser fluences corresponding to small electron perturbations, energy relaxation between electrons and phonons is mainly governed by non-thermal electrons, while at higher laser fluences, non-thermal electron scattering with the lattice is less influential on the energy relaxation

  10. Hybridized Mode of Phonon and Spin-Cluster Excitation in Quasi-One-Dimensional Magnet CoNb 2O 6

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    Kunimoto, Takashi; Sato, Masayuki; Nagasaka, Keigo; Kohn, Kay

    1999-04-01

    Transmission measurements of far-infrared (FIR) polarized radiation have been performed in CoNb2O6 single crystal. We have observed an absorption line at 9.7 cm-1 with a broad band from 9 to 25 cm-1 which should be attributed to the phonon of the lowest frequency below 30 cm-1 from the lattice dynamical analysis. As the temperature is decreased below 20 K and also as the magnetic field is applied up to 6 T, the absorption line with the band was intensively studied in magnetic fields as well as the various temperatures by using polarized FIR radiation field E parallel to the b- and c-axis. From the study, the band is attributed to the spin-cluster excitation (SCE) in the Ising-like chain. On the other hand, the absorption line also exhibits the variation as similar as SCE in magnetic fields. It concludes that the absorption line at 9.7 cm-1 is the hybridized mode of the B 3u mode of the phonon of the lowest frequency and SCE.

  11. Excitation of surface waves on one-dimensional solid–fluid phononic crystals and the beam displacement effect

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    Moiseyenko, Rayisa P.; Liu, Jingfei; Declercq, Nico F.; Benchabane, Sarah; Laude, Vincent

    2014-12-15

    The possibility of surface wave generation by diffraction of pressure waves on deeply corrugated one-dimensional phononic crystal gratings is studied both theoretically and experimentally. Generation of leaky surface waves, indeed, is generally invoked in the explanation of the beam displacement effect that can be observed upon reflection on a shallow grating of an acoustic beam of finite width. True surface waves of the grating, however, have a dispersion that lies below the sound cone in water. They thus cannot satisfy the phase-matching condition for diffraction from plane waves of infinite extent incident from water. Diffraction measurements indicate that deeply corrugated one-dimensional phononic crystal gratings defined in a silicon wafer are very efficient diffraction gratings. They also confirm that all propagating waves detected in water follow the grating law. Numerical simulations however reveal that in the sub-diffraction regime, acoustic energy of a beam of finite extent can be transferred to elastic waves guided at the surface of the grating. Their leakage to the specular direction along the grating surface explains the apparent beam displacement effect.

  12. Ab initio molecular dynamics with simultaneous electron and phonon excitations: Application to the relaxation of hot atoms and molecules on metal surfaces

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    Novko, D.; Blanco-Rey, M.; Juaristi, J. I.; Alducin, M.

    2015-11-01

    The relaxation dynamics of hot H, N, and N2 on Pd(100), Ag(111), and Fe(110), respectively, is studied by means of ab initio molecular dynamics with electronic friction. This method is adapted here to account for the electron density changes caused by lattice vibrations, thus treating on an equal footing both electron-hole (e -h ) pair and phonon excitations. We find that even if the latter increasingly dominate the heavier is the hot species, the contribution of e -h pairs is by no means negligible in these cases because it gains relevance at the last stage of the relaxation process. The quantitative details of energy dissipation depend on the interplay of the potential energy surface, electronic structure, and kinetic factors.

  13. His bundle recordings in right bundle-branch block coexisting with iatrogenic right ventricular pre-excitation

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    Castellanos, Agustin; Castillo, Cesar A.

    1972-01-01

    Iatrogenic right ventricular pre-excitation failed to abolish right bundle-branch block in two patients. When `exclusive' His bundle pacing was performed, the QRS complexes, St-V, and St-LVE intervals were similar to the ventricular deflections, H-V, and V-LVE (intervals) recorded during sinus rhythm. `Exclusive' pacing of the ordinary muscle at the right ventricular inflow tract produced a complete left bundle-branch block pattern without abnormal left axis deviation. Pacing of both His bundle and ordinary muscle yielded combination complexes in which the right bundle-branch block pattern persisted. The ventricular activation process was studied in these beats, as well as during the right and left bundle-branch block induced by coupled atrial stimulation. It appeared as if certain areas of the right septal surface behaved, electrophysiologically, as if they belonged to the left ventricle. Impulses emerging from these sites were not propagated to the right ventricular free wall. The latter was activated by the excitation front emerging through the left bundle system. During right bundle-branch block the endocardium of the right ventricular inflow was activated before the peak of the R in V1. Bipolar leads, 1 mm apart (with the possible exception of the ones over the tricuspid valve), were helpful in mapping the spread of activation in the human heart. Images PMID:18610233

  14. Resonance laser-plasma excitation of coherent terahertz phonons in the bulk of fluorine-bearing crystals under high-intensity femtosecond laser irradiation

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    Potemkin, F V; Mareev, E I; Khodakovskii, N G; Mikheev, P M

    2013-08-31

    The dynamics of coherent phonons in fluorine-containing crystals was investigated by pump-probe technique in the plasma production regime. Several phonon modes, whose frequencies are overtones of the 0.38-THz fundamental frequency, were simultaneously observed in a lithium fluoride crystal. Phonons with frequencies of 1 and 0.1 THz were discovered in a calcium fluoride crystal and coherent phonons with frequencies of 1 THz and 67 GHz were observed in a barium fluoride crystal. Furthermore, in the latter case the amplitudes of phonon mode oscillations were found to significantly increase 15 ps after laser irradiation. (interaction of laser radiation with matter)

  15. Phonons and their interactions

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    Nicklow, R.M.

    1982-08-01

    The phonon energy spectra nu(vector q) of crystalline materials contains key information about the interatomic interactions. However, it is generally not possible to fully understand the phonon spectra without also understanding the influence on phonon energies and lifetimes caused by interactions with defects, electrons and other excitations. The study of several of these types of interactions have grown over the years so as to now constitute subfields of solid state physics and the contributions of neutron scattering research to each has been, if not of paramount importance, at least very significant. In the present review we can merely touch on a few highlights. Perhaps the largest research effort is expended on electron-phonon interactions. These interactions are, of course, fundamental to the properties of metallic solids. They are seen in the phonon nu(vector q) of metals in a wide variety of effects. We shall mention three: the relatively small fine structure produced by Kohn singularities, large anomalies and phonon lifetimes measured in some superconductors and in materials with fluctuating valence.

  16. Manipulation of thermal phonons

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    Hsu, Chung-Hao

    Developing materials that can conduct electricity easily, but block the motion of phonons is necessary in the applications of thermoelectric devices, which can generate electricity from temperature differences. In converse, a key requirement as chips get faster is to obtain better ways to dissipate heat. Controlling heat transfer in these crystalline materials devices --- such as silicon --- is important. The heat is actually the motion or vibration of atoms known as phonons. Finding ways to manipulate the behavior of phonons is crucial for both energy applications and the cooling of integrated circuits. A novel class of artificially periodic structured materials --- phononic crystals --- might make manipulation of thermal phonons possible. In many fields of physical sciences and engineering, acoustic wave propagation in solids attracts many researchers. Wave propagation phenomena can be analyzed by mathematically solving the acoustic wave equation. However, wave propagation in inhomogeneous media with various geometric structures is too complex to find an exact solution. Hence, the Finite Difference Time Domain method is developed to investigate these complicated problems. In this work, the Finite-Difference Time-Domain formula is derived from acoustic wave equations based on the Taylor's expansion. The numerical dispersion and stability problems are analyzed. In addition, the convergence conditions of numerical acoustic wave are stated. Based on the periodicity of phononic crystal, the Bloch's theorem is applied to fulfill the periodic boundary condition of the FDTD method. Then a wide-band input signal is used to excite various acoustic waves with different frequencies. In the beginning of the calculation process, the wave vector is chosen and fixed. By means of recording the displacement field and taking the Fourier transformation, we can obtain the eigenmodes from the resonance peaks of the spectrum and draw the dispersion relation curve of acoustic waves

  17. Phonon spectroscopy of the low-energy excitations in the solid solutions of yttrium–rare-earth metal–aluminum garnets

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    Khazanov, E. N. Taranov, A. V.; Shevchenko, E. V.; Charnaya, E. V.

    2015-07-15

    The transport characteristics of thermal-frequency phonons and the specific heat of a series of single crystals of yttrium–rare-earth metal–aluminum garnet solid solutions are studied at the helium temperatures. It is found that the existence of low-energy levels of various origins, which are responsible for an increase in the specific heat, retards phonon transport by one–three orders of magnitude. The temperature dependences of specific heat and the kinetic characteristics of phonons have a similar character.

  18. Phonons and defects in semiconductors and nanostructures: Phonon trapping, phonon scattering, and heat flow at heterojunctions

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    Estreicher, S. K. Gibbons, T. M.; Kang, By.; Bebek, M. B.

    2014-01-07

    Defects in semiconductors introduce vibrational modes that are distinct from bulk modes because they are spatially localized in the vicinity of the defect. Light impurities produce high-frequency modes often visible by Fourier-transform infrared absorption or Raman spectroscopy. Their vibrational lifetimes vary by orders of magnitude and sometimes exhibit unexpectedly large isotope effects. Heavy impurities introduce low-frequency modes sometimes visible as phonon replicas in photoluminescence bands. But other defects such as surfaces or interfaces exhibit spatially localized modes (SLMs) as well. All of them can trap phonons, which ultimately decay into lower-frequency bulk phonons. When heat flows through a material containing defects, phonon trapping at localized modes followed by their decay into bulk phonons is usually described in terms of phonon scattering: defects are assumed to be static scattering centers and the properties of the defect-related SLMs modes are ignored. These dynamic properties of defects are important. In this paper, we quantify the concepts of vibrational localization and phonon trapping, distinguish between normal and anomalous decay of localized excitations, discuss the meaning of phonon scattering in real space at the atomic level, and illustrate the importance of phonon trapping in the case of heat flow at Si/Ge and Si/C interfaces.

  19. Kinetic description of an electron--LO-phonon system with finite phonon lifetime

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    Nguyen, V.T.; Mahler, G. )

    1992-02-15

    We study the cooling of an electron plasma from a kinetic point of view. For this purpose, a quantum theory of fluctuations is applied to derive the kinetic equations for an electron--LO-phonon system from various model Hamiltonians. A polarization approximation is provided that goes beyond perturbation theory of the electron-phonon interaction. The description of electron-phonon energy exchange is shown to be impossible with the interacting Hamiltonian in Froehlich's one-phonon form unless dissipation of the bare LO phonon is included. For a Hamiltonian including effects of the scattering of LO phonons by acoustic phonons, kinetic equations are derived. The equation for LO phonons is shown to describe the collective excitations with finite lifetime, in the limiting case of weak damping of the plasmon-phonon coupled modes. A reduction of the cooling rate similar to the hot-phonon'' effect is shown to occur for the case of weak coupling without assuming a steady state of the LO phonons. Finally, an electron-phonon interaction Hamiltonian in two-phonon form is considered and it is shown that electron-phonon energy exchange may be described in the polarization approximation without introducing a finite phonon lifetime.

  20. Phonons with orbital angular momentum

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    Ayub, M. K.; Ali, S.; Mendonca, J. T.

    2011-10-01

    Ion accoustic waves or phonon modes are studied with orbital angular momentum (OAM) in an unmagnetized collissionless uniform plasma, whose constituents are the Boltzmann electrons and inertial ions. For this purpose, we have employed the fluid equations to obtain a paraxial equation in terms of ion density perturbations and discussed its Gaussian beam and Laguerre-Gauss (LG) beam solutions. Furthermore, an approximate solution for the electrostatic potential problem is presented, allowing to express the components of the electric field in terms of LG potential perturbations. The energy flux due to phonons is also calculated and the corresponding OAM is derived. Numerically, it is shown that the parameters such as azimuthal angle, radial and angular mode numbers, and beam waist, strongly modify the profiles of the phonon LG potential. The present results should be helpful in understanding the phonon mode excitations produced by Brillouin backscattering of laser beams in a uniform plasma.

  1. Phonons with orbital angular momentum

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    Ayub, M. K.; Ali, S.; Mendonca, J. T.

    2011-10-15

    Ion accoustic waves or phonon modes are studied with orbital angular momentum (OAM) in an unmagnetized collissionless uniform plasma, whose constituents are the Boltzmann electrons and inertial ions. For this purpose, we have employed the fluid equations to obtain a paraxial equation in terms of ion density perturbations and discussed its Gaussian beam and Laguerre-Gauss (LG) beam solutions. Furthermore, an approximate solution for the electrostatic potential problem is presented, allowing to express the components of the electric field in terms of LG potential perturbations. The energy flux due to phonons is also calculated and the corresponding OAM is derived. Numerically, it is shown that the parameters such as azimuthal angle, radial and angular mode numbers, and beam waist, strongly modify the profiles of the phonon LG potential. The present results should be helpful in understanding the phonon mode excitations produced by Brillouin backscattering of laser beams in a uniform plasma.

  2. Heavy ion Coulomb excitation and gamma decay studies of the one and two phonon giant dipole resonances in {sup 208}Pb and {sup 209}Bi

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    Mueller, P.E.; Beene, J.R.; Bertrand, F.E.

    1993-12-01

    Projectile -- photon coincidences were measured for the scattering of an 80 MeV/nucleon {sup 64}Zn beam from {sup 208}Pb and {sup 209}Bi targets at the GANIL heavy ion accelerator facility. Projectile-like particles between 0.5{degrees} and 4.5{degrees} relative to the incident beam direction were detected in the SPEG energy loss spectrometer where their momentum, charge, and mass were determined. Photons were detected in the BaF{sub 2} scintillation detector array TAPS. Light charged particles produced in the reaction were detected in the KVI Forward Wall. The analysis of the data acquired in this experiment is focused on three different phenomena: (1) the two phonon giant dipole resonance, (2) time dependence of the decay of the one phonon giant dipole resonance, and (3) giant resonance strength in projectile nuclei.

  3. Watching surface waves in phononic crystals.

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    Wright, Oliver B; Matsuda, Osamu

    2015-08-28

    In this paper, we review results obtained by ultrafast imaging of gigahertz surface acoustic waves in surface phononic crystals with one- and two-dimensional periodicities. By use of quasi-point-source optical excitation, we show how, from a series of images that form a movie of the travelling waves, the dispersion relation of the acoustic modes, their corresponding mode patterns and the position and widths of phonon stop bands can be obtained by temporal and spatio-temporal Fourier analysis. We further demonstrate how one can follow the temporal evolution of phononic eigenstates in k-space using data from phononic-crystal waveguides as an example. PMID:26217053

  4. Quasi-two-dimensional spin and phonon excitations in La1.965Ba0.035CuO4

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    Wagman, J. J.; Parshall, D.; Stone, Matthew B.; Savici, Andrei T.; Zhao, Yang; Dabkowska, H. A.; Gaulin, B. D.

    2015-06-03

    Here, we present time-of-fight inelastic neutron scattering measurements of La1.965Ba0.035CuO4 (LBCO), a lightly doped member of the high temperature superconducting La-based cuprate family. By using time-of-flight neutron instrumentation coupled with single crystal sample rotation we obtain a four-dimensional data set (three Q and one energy) that is both comprehensive and spans a large region of reciprocal space. Our measurements identify rich structure in the energy dependence of the highly dispersive spin excitations, which are centered at equivalent (1/2, 1/2, L) wave-vectors. These structures correlate strongly with several crossings of the spin excitations with the lightly dispersive phonons found in this system. These eects are signicant and account for on the order of 25% of the total inelastic scattering for energies between ≈5 and 40meV at low |Q|. Interestingly, this scattering also presents little or no L-dependence. As the phonons and dispersive spin excitations centred at equivalent (1/2, 1/2, L) wave-vectors are common to all members of La-based 214 copper oxides, we conclude such strong quasi-two dimensional scattering enhancements are likely to occur in all such 214 families of materials, including those concentrations corresponding to superconducting ground states. Such a phenomenon appears to be a fundamental characteristic of these materials and is potentially related to superconducting pairing.

  5. Phonon manipulation with phononic crystals.

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    Kim Bongsang; Hopkins, Patrick Edward; Leseman, Zayd C.; Goettler, Drew F.; Su, Mehmet F.; El-Kady, Ihab Fathy; Reinke, Charles M.; Olsson, Roy H., III

    2012-01-01

    In this work, we demonstrated engineered modification of propagation of thermal phonons, i.e. at THz frequencies, using phononic crystals. This work combined theoretical work at Sandia National Laboratories, the University of New Mexico, the University of Colorado Boulder, and Carnegie Mellon University; the MESA fabrication facilities at Sandia; and the microfabrication facilities at UNM to produce world-leading control of phonon propagation in silicon at frequencies up to 3 THz. These efforts culminated in a dramatic reduction in the thermal conductivity of silicon using phononic crystals by a factor of almost 30 as compared with the bulk value, and about 6 as compared with an unpatterned slab of the same thickness. This work represents a revolutionary advance in the engineering of thermoelectric materials for optimal, high-ZT performance. We have demonstrated the significant reduction of the thermal conductivity of silicon using phononic crystal structuring using MEMS-compatible fabrication techniques and in a planar platform that is amenable to integration with typical microelectronic systems. The measured reduction in thermal conductivity as compared to bulk silicon was about a factor of 20 in the cross-plane direction [26], and a factor of 6 in the in-plane direction. Since the electrical conductivity was only reduced by a corresponding factor of about 3 due to the removal of conductive material (i.e., porosity), and the Seebeck coefficient should remain constant as an intrinsic material property, this corresponds to an effective enhancement in ZT by a factor of 2. Given the number of papers in literature devoted to only a small, incremental change in ZT, the ability to boost the ZT of a material by a factor of 2 simply by reducing thermal conductivity is groundbreaking. The results in this work were obtained using silicon, a material that has benefitted from enormous interest in the microelectronics industry and that has a fairly large thermoelectric power

  6. Phonon-assisted energy back transfer-induced multicolor upconversion emission of Gd2O3:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) nanoparticles under near-infrared excitation.

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    Liu, Jun; Deng, Huawei; Huang, Zhanyun; Zhang, Yueli; Chen, Dihu; Shao, Yuanzhi

    2015-06-21

    Manipulation of upconversion (UC) emission is of particular importance for multiplexed bioimaging. Here, we precisely manipulate the UC color output by utilizing the phonon-assisted energy back transfer (EBT) process in ultra-small (sub-10 nm) Gd2O3:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) UC nanoparticles (UCNPs). We synthesized the Gd2O3:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) UCNPs by adopting the laser ablation in liquid (LAL) technique. The synthesized Gd2O3:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) UCNPs are small spherical and monoclinic structures. Continuous color-tunable (from green to red) UC fluorescence emission is achieved by increasing the concentration of Yb(3+) ions from 0 to 15 mol%. A phonon-assisted energy back transfer (EBT) process from Er(3+) ((4)S3/2 → (4)I13/2) to nearby Yb(3+) ((2)F7/2 → (2)F5/2), which can significantly enhance red emission at 672 nm and decrease green emission, is responsible for the color-tunable UC emission by increasing the Yb(3+) concentration in Gd2O3:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) UC nanoparticles. PMID:26006337

  7. Non-equilibrium phonon generation and detection in microstructure devices

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    Hertzberg, Jared B.; Otelaja, Obafemi O.; Yoshida, Naoki J.; Robinson, Richard D.

    2011-01-01

    We demonstrate a method to excite locally a controllable, non-thermal distribution of acoustic phonon modes ranging from 0 to -200 GHz in a silicon microstructure, by decay of excited quasiparticle states in an attached superconducting tunnel junction (STJ). The phonons transiting the structure ballistically are detected by a second STJ, allowing comparison of direct with indirect transport pathways. This method may be applied to study how different phonon modes contribute to the thermal conductivity of nanostructures.

  8. Coexistence of ferromagnetism and superconductivity in iron based pnictides: a time resolved magnetooptical study.

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    Pogrebna, A; Mertelj, T; Vujičić, N; Cao, G; Xu, Z A; Mihailovic, D

    2015-01-01

    Ferromagnetism and superconductivity are antagonistic phenomena. Their coexistence implies either a modulated ferromagnetic order parameter on a lengthscale shorter than the superconducting coherence length or a weak exchange coupling between the itinerant superconducting electrons and the localized ordered spins. In some iron based pnictide superconductors the coexistence of ferromagnetism and superconductivity has been clearly demonstrated. The nature of the coexistence, however, remains elusive since no clear understanding of the spin structure in the superconducting state has been reached and the reports on the coupling strength are controversial. We show, by a direct optical pump-probe experiment, that the coupling is weak, since the transfer of the excess energy from the itinerant electrons to ordered localized spins is much slower than the electron-phonon relaxation, implying the coexistence without the short-lengthscale ferromagnetic order parameter modulation. Remarkably, the polarization analysis of the coherently excited spin wave response points towards a simple ferromagnetic ordering of spins with two distinct types of ferromagnetic domains. PMID:25583548

  9. Phononic crystal devices

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    El-Kady, Ihab F.; Olsson, Roy H.

    2012-01-10

    Phononic crystals that have the ability to modify and control the thermal black body phonon distribution and the phonon component of heat transport in a solid. In particular, the thermal conductivity and heat capacity can be modified by altering the phonon density of states in a phononic crystal. The present invention is directed to phononic crystal devices and materials such as radio frequency (RF) tags powered from ambient heat, dielectrics with extremely low thermal conductivity, thermoelectric materials with a higher ratio of electrical-to-thermal conductivity, materials with phononically engineered heat capacity, phononic crystal waveguides that enable accelerated cooling, and a variety of low temperature application devices.

  10. Studies of Phonon Anharmonicity in Solids

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    Lan, Tian

    Today our understanding of the vibrational thermodynamics of materials at low temperatures is emerging nicely, based on the harmonic model in which phonons are independent. At high temperatures, however, this understanding must accommodate how phonons interact with other phonons or with other excitations. We shall see that the phonon-phonon interactions give rise to interesting coupling problems, and essentially modify the equilibrium and non-equilibrium properties of materials, e.g., thermodynamic stability, heat capacity, optical properties and thermal transport of materials. Despite its great importance, to date the anharmonic lattice dynamics is poorly understood and most studies on lattice dynamics still rely on the harmonic or quasiharmonic models. There have been very few studies on the pure phonon anharmonicity and phonon-phonon interactions. The work presented in this thesis is devoted to the development of experimental and computational methods on this subject. Modern inelastic scattering techniques with neutrons or photons are ideal for sorting out the anharmonic contribution. Analysis of the experimental data can generate vibrational spectra of the materials, i.e., their phonon densities of states or phonon dispersion relations. We obtained high quality data from laser Raman spectrometer, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer and inelastic neutron spectrometer. With accurate phonon spectra data, we obtained the energy shifts and lifetime broadenings of the interacting phonons, and the vibrational entropies of different materials. The understanding of them then relies on the development of the fundamental theories and the computational methods. We developed an efficient post-processor for analyzing the anharmonic vibrations from the molecular dynamics (MD) calculations. Currently, most first principles methods are not capable of dealing with strong anharmonicity, because the interactions of phonons are ignored at finite temperatures. Our method adopts

  11. One-dimensional hypersonic phononic crystals.

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    Gomopoulos, N; Maschke, D; Koh, C Y; Thomas, E L; Tremel, W; Butt, H-J; Fytas, G

    2010-03-10

    We report experimental observation of a normal incidence phononic band gap in one-dimensional periodic (SiO(2)/poly(methyl methacrylate)) multilayer film at gigahertz frequencies using Brillouin spectroscopy. The band gap to midgap ratio of 0.30 occurs for elastic wave propagation along the periodicity direction, whereas for inplane propagation the system displays an effective medium behavior. The phononic properties are well captured by numerical simulations. The porosity in the silica layers presents a structural scaffold for the introduction of secondary active media for potential coupling between phonons and other excitations, such as photons and electrons. PMID:20141118

  12. Acoustic superfocusing by solid phononic crystals

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    Zhou, Xiaoming; Assouar, M. Badreddine Oudich, Mourad

    2014-12-08

    We propose a solid phononic crystal lens capable of acoustic superfocusing beyond the diffraction limit. The unit cell of the crystal is formed by four rigid cylinders in a hosting material with a cavity arranged in the center. Theoretical studies reveal that the solid lens produces both negative refraction to focus propagating waves and surface states to amplify evanescent waves. Numerical analyses of the superfocusing effect of the considered solid phononic lens are presented with a separated source excitation to the lens. In this case, acoustic superfocusing beyond the diffraction limit is evidenced. Compared to the fluid phononic lenses, the solid lens is more suitable for ultrasonic imaging applications.

  13. Resonant interactions between discrete phonons in quinhydrone driven by nonlinear electron-phonon coupling

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    Rury, Aaron S.

    2016-06-01

    This study reports experimental, computational, and theoretical evidence for a previously unobserved coherent phonon-phonon interaction in an organic solid that can be described by the application of Fano's analysis to a case without the presence of a continuum. Using Raman spectroscopy of the hydrogen-bonded charge-transfer material quinhydrone, two peaks appear near 700 cm-1 we assign as phonons whose position and line-shape asymmetry depend on the sample temperature and light scattering excitation energy. Density functional theory calculations find two nearly degenerate phonons possessing frequencies near the values found in experiment that share similar atomic motion out of the aromatic plane of electron donor and acceptor molecules of quinhydrone. Further analytical modeling of the steady-state light scattering process using the Peierls-Hubbard Hamiltonian and time-dependent perturbation theory motivates assignment of the physical origin of the asymmetric features of each peak's line shape to an interaction between two discrete phonons via nonlinear electron-phonon coupling. In the context of analytical model results, characteristics of the experimental spectra upon 2.33 eV excitation of the Raman scattering process are used to qualify the temperature dependence of the magnitude of this coupling in the valence band of quinhydrone. These results broaden the range of phonon-phonon interactions in materials in general while also highlighting the rich physics and fundamental attributes specific to organic solids that may determine their applicability in next generation electronics and photonics technologies.

  14. Manipulation of Phonons with Phononic Crystals

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    Leseman, Zayd Chad

    2015-07-09

    There were three research goals associated with this project. First, was to experimentally demonstrate phonon spectrum control at THz frequencies using Phononic Crystals (PnCs), i.e. demonstrate coherent phonon scattering with PnCs. Second, was to experimentally demonstrate analog PnC circuitry components at GHz frequencies. The final research goal was to gain a fundamental understanding of phonon interaction using computational methods. As a result of this work, 7 journal papers have been published, 1 patent awarded, 14 conference presentations given, 4 conference publications, and 2 poster presentations given.

  15. Towards a microscopic understanding of the phonon bottleneck

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    Garanin, D. A.

    2007-03-01

    The problem of the phonon bottleneck in the relaxation of two-level systems (spins) to a narrow group of resonant phonons via emission-absorption processes is investigated from first principles. It is shown that the kinetic approach based on the Pauli master equation is invalid because of the narrow distribution of the phonons exchanging their energy with the spins. This results in a long-memory effect that can be best taken into account by introducing an additional dynamical variable corresponding to the nondiagonal matrix elements responsible for spin-phonon correlation. The resulting system of dynamical equations describes the phonon-bottleneck plateau in the spin excitation, as well as a gap in the spin-phonon spectrum, for any finite concentration of spins. On the other hand, it does not accurately render the line shape of emitted phonons and still needs improving.

  16. Phonons in binary glass Cu65Zr35

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    Khambholja, S. G.; Ladva, A. L.; Thakore, B. Y.

    2016-05-01

    In the present paper, the longitudinal and transverse phonon frequencies in binary metallic glass Cu65Zr35 is reported using the phenomenological model of Hubbard and Beeby in conjunction with model potential formalism. The ion-ion interaction is calculated within second order perturbation theory. The results of phonon frequencies are discussed in terms of collective excitation in glassy system. Further, some elastic constants are also calculated from the long wavelength limit of phonon frequencies.

  17. Chiral phonons at high-symmetry points in monolayer hexagonal lattices.

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    Zhang, Lifa; Niu, Qian

    2015-09-11

    In monolayer hexagonal lattices, the intravalley and intervalley scattering of electrons can involve chiral phonons at Brillouin-zone center and corners, respectively. At these high-symmetry points, there is a threefold rotational symmetry endowing phonon eigenmodes with a quantized pseudoangular momentum, which includes orbital and spin parts. Conservation of pseudoangular momentum yields selection rules for intravalley and intervalley scattering of electrons by phonons. Concrete predictions of helicity-resolved optical phenomena are made on monolayer molybdenum disulfide. The chiral phonons at Brillouin-zone corners excited by polarized photons can be detected by a valley phonon Hall effect. The chiral phonons, together with phonon circular polarization, phonon pseudoangular momentum, selection rules, and valley phonon Hall effect will extend the basis for valley-based electronics and phononics applications in the future. PMID:26406841

  18. Chiral Phonons at High-Symmetry Points in Monolayer Hexagonal Lattices

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    Zhang, Lifa; Niu, Qian

    2015-09-01

    In monolayer hexagonal lattices, the intravalley and intervalley scattering of electrons can involve chiral phonons at Brillouin-zone center and corners, respectively. At these high-symmetry points, there is a threefold rotational symmetry endowing phonon eigenmodes with a quantized pseudoangular momentum, which includes orbital and spin parts. Conservation of pseudoangular momentum yields selection rules for intravalley and intervalley scattering of electrons by phonons. Concrete predictions of helicity-resolved optical phenomena are made on monolayer molybdenum disulfide. The chiral phonons at Brillouin-zone corners excited by polarized photons can be detected by a valley phonon Hall effect. The chiral phonons, together with phonon circular polarization, phonon pseudoangular momentum, selection rules, and valley phonon Hall effect will extend the basis for valley-based electronics and phononics applications in the future.

  19. Dynamical aspects of phonon-phonon coupling in collective mode damping

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    Cataldo, H. M.; Hernández, E. S.; Dorso, C. O.

    1987-04-01

    We present an extension of the Quantal Brownian Motion (QBM) model of vibration damping that incorporates phonon-phonon or phonon-(two-particle-two-hole) interactions as sources of dissipative evolution of the excited mode. Starting from the Schrödinger-on Neumann equation of motion, a reduction procedure combined with the proper approximations leads to coupled, nonlinear master equations for the density vectors of the separate oscillators. The fermionic heat bath remains equilibrated at temperature T. The evolution of the phonon system is numerically analyzed under different initial conditions that simulate excitation of one or more collective vibrations, for several strengths of mode-mode coupling. It is found that in the majority of cases the system reaches statistical equilibrium with relaxation times that can be extracted from the numerical treatment.

  20. Topological Phonons and Weyl Lines in Three Dimensions

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    Stenull, Olaf; Kane, C. L.; Lubensky, T. C.

    2016-08-01

    Topological mechanics and phononics have recently emerged as an exciting field of study. Here we introduce and study generalizations of the three-dimensional pyrochlore lattice that have topologically protected edge states and Weyl lines in their bulk phonon spectra, which lead to zero surface modes that flip from one edge to the opposite as a function of surface wave number.

  1. Topological Phonons and Weyl Lines in Three Dimensions.

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    Stenull, Olaf; Kane, C L; Lubensky, T C

    2016-08-01

    Topological mechanics and phononics have recently emerged as an exciting field of study. Here we introduce and study generalizations of the three-dimensional pyrochlore lattice that have topologically protected edge states and Weyl lines in their bulk phonon spectra, which lead to zero surface modes that flip from one edge to the opposite as a function of surface wave number. PMID:27541476

  2. Strong Coupling between Nanoscale Metamaterials and Phonons

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    Shelton, David J.; Brener, Igal; Ginn, James C.; Sinclair, Michael B.; Peters, David W.; Coffey, Kevin R.; Boreman, Glenn D.

    2011-05-11

    We use split ring resonators (SRRs) at optical frequencies to study strong coupling between planar metamaterials and phonon vibrations in nanometer-scale dielectric layers. A series of SRR metamaterials were fabricated on a semiconductor wafer with a thin intervening SiO{sub 2} dielectric layer. The dimensions of the SRRs were varied to tune the fundamental metamaterial resonance across the infrared (IR) active phonon band of SiO{sub 2} at 130 meV (31 THz). Strong anticrossing of these resonances was observed, indicative of strong coupling between metamaterial and phonon excitations. This coupling is very general and can occur with any electrically polarizable resonance including phonon vibrations in other thin film materials and semiconductor band-to-band transitions in the near to far IR. These effects may be exploited to reduce loss and to create unique spectral features that are not possible with metamaterials alone.

  3. Ballistic phonon production in photoexcited Ge, GaAs, and Si

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    Msall, M. E.; Wolfe, J. P.

    2002-05-01

    Phonon imaging and photoluminescence measurements are used to determine the frequency and spatial distribution of optically generated nonequilibrium phonons in Si, Ge, and GaAs at 1.7 K. At low excitation levels the thermalization of photoexcited carriers and the subsequent phonon down-conversion produce a broad frequency distribution of acoustic phonons that ``quasidiffuse'' in the crystal. These phonons produce a temporally broad heat pulse when detected at a distance from the excitation point. At moderate excitation levels (typically a 10-nS pulse with a power density of ~20 W/mm2), the laser pulse produces a dense electron-hole plasma that can radically change the frequency distribution of nonequilibrium phonons. The plasma is a potentially rich source of low-frequency acoustic phonons, characterized by a temporally sharp heat pulse at a remote detector. The fraction of low-frequency phonons in the heat pulses is smallest in the direct-gap semiconductor GaAs, where rapid recombination depletes the populations of electrons and holes in just a few nanoseconds. More noticeable low frequency phonon components are seen in heat pulses in the indirect-gap semiconductors Ge and Si. At sufficiently high excitation densities (~60 W/mm2) in Ge, there is a suppression of the low-frequency phonon signal, which may result from phonon absorption within a cloud of electron hole droplets. An interesting alternative hypothesis is that the acoustic phonons created in the plasma are sufficiently dense to initiate phonon coalescence, whereby phonons are localized by phonon-phonon scattering over a relatively long period (500 ns). This localized ``hot spot'' could provide the phonon wind that drives the initial rapid expansion of the electron-hole plasma into the crystal.

  4. Quantifying electron-phonon coupling in CdTe{sub 1−x}Se{sub x} nanocrystals via coherent phonon manipulation

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    Spann, B. T.; Xu, X.

    2014-08-25

    We employ ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy with temporal pulse shaping to manipulate coherent phonon excitation and quantify the strength of electron-phonon coupling in CdTe{sub 1−x}Se{sub x} nanocrystals (NCs). Raman active CdSe and CdTe longitudinal optical phonon (LO) modes are excited and probed in the time domain. By temporally controlling pump pulse pairs to coherently excite and cancel coherent phonons in the CdTe{sub 1−x}Se{sub x} NCs, we estimate the relative amount of optical energy that is coupled to the coherent CdSe LO mode.

  5. Influence of coherent optical phonon on ultrafast energy relaxation

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    Wang, J. L.; Guo, L.; Liu, C. H.; Xu, X.; Chen, Y. F.

    2015-08-01

    Ultrafast energy relaxation process in Bi2Te3 thin films is studied using a collinear two color pump-probe technique. The coherent optical phonon is enhanced and destroyed by changing the separation times of double pump pulses. The non-oscillatory component of the reflectivity trace after the second pump pulse shows a distinct difference with and without the presence of coherent optical phonons, thus providing a direct evidence of the effect of optical phonon on the hot carrier relaxation process. The deduced characteristic times are systematically smaller when coherent optical phonons are involved in the energy transfer process. Comparatively, the conventional relaxation process is relatively slow, which is explained by the screening effect of the incoherent optical phonon. This work suggests that the energy relaxation can be manipulated through the excitation of coherent optical phonons.

  6. Shape Coexistence in Neutron Deficient Po Nuclei

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    Helariutta, K.; Cocks, J.F.C.; Enqvist, T.; Greenlees, P.T.; Jones, P.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Jamsen, P.; Kankaanpaa, H.; Kettunen, H.; Kuiusiniemi, P.; Leino, M.; Muikkui, M.; Piiparinen, M.; Rahkila, P.; Savelius, A.; Trzaska, W.H.; Tormanen, S.; Uusitalo, J.; Allatt, R.G.; Butler, P.A.; Page, R.D.; Kapusta, M.

    1999-12-31

    The excited levels in {sup 192-195}Po have been studied using the recoil-decay tagging method. New levels have been identified. The data are in accordance with the scheme of the coexisting spherical and deformed intruder structures crossing each other with N<112.

  7. Shape coexistence in neutron deficient Po nuclei

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    Helariutta, K.; Cocks, J. F. C.; Enqvist, T.; Greenlees, P. T.; Jones, P.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Jaemsen, P.; Kankaanpaeae, H.; Kettunen, H.; Kuusiniemi, P.; Leino, M.; Muikku, M.; Piiparinen, M.; Rahkila, P.; Savelius, A.; Trzaska, W. H.; Toermaenen, S.; Uusitalo, J.; Allatt, R. G.

    1999-11-16

    The excited levels in {sup 192-195}Po have been studied using the recoil-decay tagging method. New levels have been identified. The data are in accordance with the scheme of the coexisting spherical and deformed intruder structures crossing each other with N<112.

  8. Spins, phonons, and hardness

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    Gilman, J.J.

    1996-12-31

    In crystals (and/or glasses) with localized sp{sup 3} or spd-bonding orbitals, dislocations have very low mobilities, making the crystals very hard. Classical Peierls-Nabarro theory does not account for the low mobility. The breaking of spin-pair bonds which creates internal free-radicals must be considered. Therefore, a theory based on quantum mechanics has been proposed (Science, 261, 1436 (1993)). It has been applied successfully to diamond, Si, Ge, SiC, and with a modification to TiC and WC. It has recently been extended to account for the temperature independence of the hardness of silicon at low temperatures together with strong softening at temperatures above the Debye temperature. It is quantitatively consistent with the behaviors of the Group 4 elements (C, Si, Ge, Sn) when their Debye temperatures are used as normalizing factors; and appears to be consistent with data for TiC if an Einstein temperature for carbon is used. Since the Debye temperature marks the approximate point at which phonons of atomic wavelengths become excited (as contrasted with collective acoustic waves), this confirms the idea that the process which limits dislocation mobility is localized to atomic dimensions (sharp kinks).

  9. Phonon engineering for nanostructures.

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    Aubry, Sylvie; Friedmann, Thomas Aquinas; Sullivan, John Patrick; Peebles, Diane Elaine; Hurley, David H.; Shinde, Subhash L.; Piekos, Edward Stanley; Emerson, John Allen

    2010-01-01

    Understanding the physics of phonon transport at small length scales is increasingly important for basic research in nanoelectronics, optoelectronics, nanomechanics, and thermoelectrics. We conducted several studies to develop an understanding of phonon behavior in very small structures. This report describes the modeling, experimental, and fabrication activities used to explore phonon transport across and along material interfaces and through nanopatterned structures. Toward the understanding of phonon transport across interfaces, we computed the Kapitza conductance for {Sigma}29(001) and {Sigma}3(111) interfaces in silicon, fabricated the interfaces in single-crystal silicon substrates, and used picosecond laser pulses to image the thermal waves crossing the interfaces. Toward the understanding of phonon transport along interfaces, we designed and fabricated a unique differential test structure that can measure the proportion of specular to diffuse thermal phonon scattering from silicon surfaces. Phonon-scale simulation of the test ligaments, as well as continuum scale modeling of the complete experiment, confirmed its sensitivity to surface scattering. To further our understanding of phonon transport through nanostructures, we fabricated microscale-patterned structures in diamond thin films.

  10. Theoretical study on ultrafast dynamics of coherent acoustic phonons in semiconductor nanocrystals

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    Huang, Tongyun; Han, Peng; Wang, Xinke; Feng, Shengfei; Sun, Wenfeng; Ye, Jiasheng; Zhang, Yan

    2016-05-01

    We present a theoretical study on the ultrafast dynamics of coherent acoustic phonons in semiconductor quantum dots using continuum model calculations. The excitonic states and the coherent acoustic vibrational modes of semiconductor quantum dots are calculated using the effective mass approximation and continuum elastic medium model, respectively. By solving the Liouville–von Neumann equation and the equation of motion, we obtain the oscillation of coherent acoustic phonon amplitude excited by a pump pulse laser. Owing to the ultrafast excitation of coherent phonons, both the amplitude and the phase of the coherent phonon oscillation are constant with time. This coherent phonon oscillation results in conservation of the coherence of the exciton state, which cannot exist in a system interacting with incoherent phonons. We further study the amplitude and the period of coherent acoustic phonon oscillation as a function of pump pulse energy detuning, quantum dot size, and material.

  11. Shape coexistence in and near 68Ni

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    Suchyta, Scott

    2015-10-01

    The nuclei in the vicinity of 68Ni have been the subject of considerable experimental and theoretical work focused on studying the evolution of nuclear structure. Situated at the Z = 28 proton shell closure and the fragile N = 40 subshell closure, 68Ni is an important nucleus to understand as a progression is made from stable to increasingly exotic nuclei. The nature and decay of the first excited state in 68Ni has been thoroughly investigated in recent years. The first excited state has a spin and parity of 0+, can be described by the excitation of neutrons across the N = 40 gap, and has been interpreted as a moderately oblate-deformed state that coexists with the spherical ground state. A second low-energy excited 0+ state is also known to exist in 68Ni. Based on comparisons with theoretical calculations, the second excited 0+ state has been proposed to be strongly prolate deformed and based primarily on the excitation of protons across the Z = 28 gap, leading to the inference that three different 0+ states with three distinct shapes coexist below 3 MeV in 68Ni. Additional studies suggest that shape coexistence is not unique to 68Ni in this neutron-rich region near Z = 28. For instance, in the neighboring even-even isotope 70Ni, theory predicts that a prolate-deformed minimum in the potential energy surface occurs at even lower energy than in 68Ni, and experimental evidence is consistent with the theoretical prediction. The results of recent experiments studying shape coexistence in the region, particularly investigations of 68,70Ni, will be presented and theoretical interpretations will be discussed.

  12. Unified theory of electron-phonon renormalization and phonon-assisted optical absorption

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    Patrick, Christopher E.; Giustino, Feliciano

    2014-09-01

    We present a theory of electronic excitation energies and optical absorption spectra which incorporates energy-level renormalization and phonon-assisted optical absorption within a unified framework. Using time-independent perturbation theory we show how the standard approaches for studying vibronic effects in molecules and those for addressing electron-phonon interactions in solids correspond to slightly different choices for the non-interacting Hamiltonian. Our present approach naturally leads to the Allen-Heine theory of temperature-dependent energy levels, the Franck-Condon principle, the Herzberg-Teller effect and to phonon-assisted optical absorption in indirect band gap materials. In addition, our theory predicts sub-gap phonon-assisted optical absorption in direct gap materials, as well as an exponential edge which we tentatively assign to the Urbach tail. We also consider a semiclassical approach to the calculation of optical absorption spectra which simultaneously captures energy-level renormalization and phonon-assisted transitions and is especially suited to first-principles electronic structure calculations. We demonstrate this approach by calculating the phonon-assisted optical absorption spectrum of bulk silicon.

  13. Phonon-induced polariton superlattices.

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    de Lima, M M; van der Poel, M; Santos, P V; Hvam, J M

    2006-07-28

    We show that the coherent interaction between microcavity polaritons and externally stimulated acoustic phonons forms a tunable polariton superlattice with a folded energy dispersion determined by the phonon population and wavelength. Under high phonon concentration, the strong confinement of the optical and excitonic polariton components in the phonon potential creates weakly coupled polariton wires with a virtually flat energy dispersion. PMID:16907587

  14. Two-Phonon Quantum Coherences in Indium Antimonide Studied by Nonlinear Two-Dimensional Terahertz Spectroscopy.

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    Somma, Carmine; Folpini, Giulia; Reimann, Klaus; Woerner, Michael; Elsaesser, Thomas

    2016-04-29

    We report the first observation of two-phonon quantum coherences in a semiconductor. Two-dimensional terahertz (THz) spectra recorded with a sequence of three THz pulses display strong two-phonon signals, clearly distinguished from signals due to interband two-photon absorption and electron tunneling. The two-phonon coherences originate from impulsive off-resonant excitation in the nonperturbative regime of light-matter interaction. A theoretical analysis provides the relevant Liouville pathways, showing that nonlinear interactions using the large interband dipole moment generate stronger two-phonon excitations than linear interactions. PMID:27176538

  15. Resonant squeezing and the anharmonic decay of coherent phonons

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    Fahy, Stephen; Murray, Éamonn D.; Reis, David A.

    2016-04-01

    We show that the anharmonic decay of large-amplitude coherent phonons in a solid generates strongly enhanced squeezing of the phonon modes near points of the Brillouin zone where energy conservation in the three-phonon decay process is satisfied. The squeezing process leads to temporal oscillations of the mean-square displacement of target modes in resonance with the coherent phonon, which are characteristic of coherent phonon decay and do not occur in the decay of a phonon in a well-defined number state. For realistic material parameters of optically excited group-V semimetals, we predict that this squeezing results in strongly enhanced oscillations of the x-ray diffuse scattering intensity at sharply defined values of the x-ray momentum transfer. Numerical simulations of the phonon dynamics and the x-ray diffuse scattering in optically excited bismuth, using harmonic and anharmonic force parameters calculated with constrained density functional theory, demonstrate oscillations of the diffuse scattering intensity of magnitude 10%-20% of the thermal background at points of the Brillouin zone, where resonance occurs. Such oscillations should be observable using time-resolved optical-pump and x-ray-probe facilities available at current x-ray free-electron laser sources.

  16. Influence of pulse width and detuning on coherent phonon generation

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    Nakamura, Kazutaka G.; Shikano, Yutaka; Kayanuma, Yosuke

    2015-10-01

    We investigated the coherent phonon generation mechanism by irradiation of an ultrashort pulse with a simple two-level model. Our derived formulation shows that both impulsive stimulated Raman scattering (ISRS) and impulsive absorption (IA) simultaneously occur, and phonon wave packets are generated in the electronic ground and excited states by ISRS and IA, respectively. We identify the dominant process from the amplitude of the phonon oscillation. For short pulse widths, ISRS is very small and becomes larger as the pulse width increases. We also show that the initial phase is dependent on the pulse width and the detuning.

  17. Birefringent phononic structures

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    Psarobas, I. E. Exarchos, D. A.; Matikas, T. E.

    2014-12-15

    Within the framework of elastic anisotropy, caused in a phononic crystal due to low crystallographic symmetry, we adopt a model structure, already introduced in the case of photonic metamaterials, and by analogy, we study the effect of birefringence and acoustical activity in a phononic crystal. In particular, we investigate its low-frequency behavior and comment on the factors which determine chirality by reference to this model.

  18. Phonon wave propagation in ballistic-diffusive regime

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    Tang, Dao-Sheng; Hua, Yu-Chao; Nie, Ben-Dian; Cao, Bing-Yang

    2016-03-01

    Wide applications of ultra-short pulse laser technique in micromachining and thermophysical properties' measurements make the study on ultrafast transient thermal transport necessarily essential. When the characteristic time is comparable to the phonon relaxation time, phonons propagate in ballistic-diffusive regime and thermal wave occurs. Here, ultrafast transient phonon transport is systematically investigated based on the Monte Carlo (MC) simulations, the Cattaneo-Vernotte (C-V) model, and the phonon Boltzmann transport equation (BTE). It is found that remarkable differences exist between the C-V model and the MC simulations when describing the evolution of the thermal wave excited by the ultra-short heat pulse. The C-V model predicts a non-dispersive dissipative thermal wave, while the MC simulation with Lambert emission predicts a dispersive dissipative thermal wave. Besides, different phonon emissions can significantly influence the evolution of the thermal wave in the MC simulations. A modified C-V model with a time- and position-dependent effective thermal conductivity is derived based on the phonon BTE to characterize the evolution of the transport regime from ballistic to diffusive. The integrations on moments of the distribution function cause the loss of the information of the phonon distribution in wave vector space, making the macroscopic quantities incomplete when describing the ballistic transport processes and corresponding boundary conditions. Possible boundary conditions for the phonon BTE in practice are also discussed on different heating methods.

  19. Phonon-based scalable quantum computing and sensing (Presentation Video)

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    El-Kady, Ihab

    2015-04-01

    Quantum computing fundamentally depends on the ability to concurrently entangle and individually address/control a large number of qubits. In general, the primary inhibitors of large scale entanglement are qubit dependent; for example inhomogeneity in quantum dots, spectral crowding brought about by proximity-based entanglement in ions, weak interactions of neutral atoms, and the fabrication tolerances in the case of Si-vacancies or SQUIDs. We propose an inherently scalable solid-state qubit system with individually addressable qubits based on the coupling of a phonon with an acceptor impurity in a high-Q Phononic Crystal resonant cavity. Due to their unique nonlinear properties, phonons enable new opportunities for quantum devices and physics. We present a phononic crystal-based platform for observing the phonon analogy of cavity quantum electrodynamics, called phonodynamics, in a solid-state system. Practical schemes involve selective placement of a single acceptor atom in the peak of the strain field in a high-Q phononic crystal cavity that enables strong coupling of the phonon modes to the energy levels of the atom. A qubit is then created by entangling a phonon at the resonance frequency of the cavity with the atomic acceptor states. We show theoretical optimization of the cavity design and excitation waveguides, along with estimated performance figures of the phoniton system. Qubits based on this half-sound, half-matter quasi-particle, may outcompete other quantum architectures in terms of combined emission rate, coherence lifetime, and fabrication demands.

  20. Fourier-transform inelastic x-ray scattering from time- and momentum- dependent phonon-phonon correlations

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    Trigo, Mariano; Reis, David

    2014-03-01

    In a solid, the elementary excitations of the crystalline lattice (phonons) determine the macroscopic properties such as thermal transport and structural stability. The spectrum of these elementary excitations is normally obtained from inelastic neutron and x-ray scattering near equilibrium conditions, which is a Fourier transform of the spatial and temporal correlations of the system. Recent advances in Free Electron Laser sources provide sufficient flux and time-resolution to explore the dynamics of solids at the fundamental time- and length-scales of the atomic motions. In this talk I will show that by probing phonon correlations by femtosecond diffuse scattering in photoexcited germanium, we were able to obtain the phonon dispersion with extreme frequency and momentum resolution without analyzing the energy of the outgoing photon. I will show that time-dependent coherences are generated when an ultrafast laser pulse slightly quenches the phonon frequencies, generating pairs of correlated phonons at equal and opposite momenta. Using this approach we obtain an extremely high-resolution probe of the excited-state phonon dispersion over large sections of momentum space by a simple Fourier transform.

  1. Sequential Electron Transport and Vibrational Excitations in an Organic Molecule Coupled to Few-Layer Graphene Electrodes.

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    Burzurí, Enrique; Island, Joshua O; Díaz-Torres, Raúl; Fursina, Alexandra; González-Campo, Arántzazu; Roubeau, Olivier; Teat, Simon J; Aliaga-Alcalde, Núria; Ruiz, Eliseo; van der Zant, Herre S J

    2016-02-23

    Graphene electrodes are promising candidates to improve reproducibility and stability in molecular electronics through new electrode-molecule anchoring strategies. Here we report sequential electron transport in few-layer graphene transistors containing individual curcuminoid-based molecules anchored to the electrodes via π-π orbital bonding. We show the coexistence of inelastic co-tunneling excitations with single-electron transport physics due to an intermediate molecule-electrode coupling; we argue that an intermediate electron-phonon coupling is the origin of these vibrational-assisted excitations. These experimental observations are complemented with density functional theory calculations to model electron transport and the interaction between electrons and vibrational modes of the curcuminoid molecule. We find that the calculated vibrational modes of the molecule are in agreement with the experimentally observed excitations. PMID:26841282

  2. Multiphonon excitations in 62Zn

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    Albers, M.; Mücher, D.; Bernards, C.; Blazhev, A.; Fransen, C.; Heinze, S.; Jolie, J.; Lisetskiy, A.; Petkov, P.; Radeck, D.; Zell, K. O.

    2010-12-01

    We studied excited states in 62Zn up to an excitation energy of 5.5 MeV via the 61Ni( 3He, 2n γ) reaction at the Cologne Tandem accelerator with the high-efficiency HORUS cube spectrometer. We identified several multi-phonon excitations, especially two fragments of the one-phonon mixed-symmetry state 21,MS+ based on effective M1 and E2 transition strengths. The quantities were obtained from γγ angular correlation and Doppler-shift measurements. Shell-model calculations performed for 62Zn give clear support for the fragmentation of the one-phonon mixed-symmetry 21,MS+ state. The assumption of 62Zn being a vibrator-like nucleus is supported by calculations of excitation energies and E2 and M1 transition strengths within the U(5) limit of the neutron-proton Interacting Boson Model.

  3. Engineering absorption and blackbody radiation in the far-infrared with surface phonon polaritons on gallium phosphide

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    Streyer, W.; Law, S.; Rosenberg, A.; Wasserman, D.; Roberts, C.; Podolskiy, V. A.; Hoffman, A. J.

    2014-03-31

    We demonstrate excitation of surface phonon polaritons on patterned gallium phosphide surfaces. Control over the light-polariton coupling frequencies is demonstrated by changing the pattern periodicity and used to experimentally determine the gallium phosphide surface phonon polariton dispersion curve. Selective emission via out-coupling of thermally excited surface phonon polaritons is experimentally demonstrated. Samples are characterized experimentally by Fourier transform infrared reflection and emission spectroscopy, and modeled using finite element techniques and rigorous coupled wave analysis. The use of phonon resonances for control of emissivity and excitation of bound surface waves offers a potential tool for the exploration of long-wavelength Reststrahlen band frequencies.

  4. Coherent optical phonon oscillation and possible electronic softening in WTe2 crystals

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    He, Bin; Zhang, Chunfeng; Zhu, Weida; Li, Yufeng; Liu, Shenghua; Zhu, Xiyu; Wu, Xuewei; Wang, Xiaoyong; Wen, Hai-hu; Xiao, Min

    2016-01-01

    A rapidly-growing interest in WTe2 has been triggered by the giant magnetoresistance effect discovered in this unique system. While many efforts have been made towards uncovering the electron- and spin-relevant mechanisms, the role of lattice vibration remains poorly understood. Here, we study the coherent vibrational dynamics in WTe2 crystals by using ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy. The oscillation signal in time domain in WTe2 has been ascribed as due to the coherent dynamics of the lowest energy A1 optical phonons with polarization- and wavelength-dependent measurements. With increasing temperature, the phonon energy decreases due to anharmonic decay of the optical phonons into acoustic phonons. Moreover, a significant drop (15%) of the phonon energy with increasing pump power is observed which is possibly caused by the lattice anharmonicity induced by electronic excitation and phonon-phonon interaction. PMID:27457385

  5. Coherent optical phonon oscillation and possible electronic softening in WTe2 crystals

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    He, Bin; Zhang, Chunfeng; Zhu, Weida; Li, Yufeng; Liu, Shenghua; Zhu, Xiyu; Wu, Xuewei; Wang, Xiaoyong; Wen, Hai-Hu; Xiao, Min

    2016-07-01

    A rapidly-growing interest in WTe2 has been triggered by the giant magnetoresistance effect discovered in this unique system. While many efforts have been made towards uncovering the electron- and spin-relevant mechanisms, the role of lattice vibration remains poorly understood. Here, we study the coherent vibrational dynamics in WTe2 crystals by using ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy. The oscillation signal in time domain in WTe2 has been ascribed as due to the coherent dynamics of the lowest energy A1 optical phonons with polarization- and wavelength-dependent measurements. With increasing temperature, the phonon energy decreases due to anharmonic decay of the optical phonons into acoustic phonons. Moreover, a significant drop (15%) of the phonon energy with increasing pump power is observed which is possibly caused by the lattice anharmonicity induced by electronic excitation and phonon-phonon interaction.

  6. Coherent optical phonon oscillation and possible electronic softening in WTe2 crystals.

    PubMed

    He, Bin; Zhang, Chunfeng; Zhu, Weida; Li, Yufeng; Liu, Shenghua; Zhu, Xiyu; Wu, Xuewei; Wang, Xiaoyong; Wen, Hai-Hu; Xiao, Min

    2016-01-01

    A rapidly-growing interest in WTe2 has been triggered by the giant magnetoresistance effect discovered in this unique system. While many efforts have been made towards uncovering the electron- and spin-relevant mechanisms, the role of lattice vibration remains poorly understood. Here, we study the coherent vibrational dynamics in WTe2 crystals by using ultrafast pump-probe spectroscopy. The oscillation signal in time domain in WTe2 has been ascribed as due to the coherent dynamics of the lowest energy A1 optical phonons with polarization- and wavelength-dependent measurements. With increasing temperature, the phonon energy decreases due to anharmonic decay of the optical phonons into acoustic phonons. Moreover, a significant drop (15%) of the phonon energy with increasing pump power is observed which is possibly caused by the lattice anharmonicity induced by electronic excitation and phonon-phonon interaction. PMID:27457385

  7. Qubit-induced phonon blockade as a signature of quantum behavior in nanomechanical resonators

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    Liu Yuxi; Miranowicz, Adam; Gao, Y. B.; Bajer, Jiri; Sun, C. P.; Nori, Franco

    2010-09-15

    The observation of quantized nanomechanical oscillations by detecting femtometer-scale displacements is a significant challenge for experimentalists. We propose that a phonon blockade can serve as a signature of quantum behavior in nanomechanical resonators. In analogy to the photon blockade and Coulomb blockade for electrons, the main idea for phonon blockade is that the second phonon cannot be excited when there is one phonon in the nonlinear oscillator. To realize phonon blockade, a superconducting quantum two-level system is coupled to the nanomechanical resonator and is used to induce the phonon self-interaction. Using Monte Carlo simulations, the dynamics of the induced nonlinear oscillator is studied via the Cahill-Glauber s-parametrized quasiprobability distributions. We show how the oscillation of the resonator can occur in the quantum regime and demonstrate how the phonon blockade can be observed with the currently accessible experimental parameters.

  8. Phononic crystal diffraction gratings

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    Moiseyenko, Rayisa P.; Herbison, Sarah; Declercq, Nico F.; Laude, Vincent

    2012-02-01

    When a phononic crystal is interrogated by an external source of acoustic waves, there is necessarily a phenomenon of diffraction occurring on the external enclosing surfaces. Indeed, these external surfaces are periodic and the resulting acoustic diffraction grating has a periodicity that depends on the orientation of the phononic crystal. This work presents a combined experimental and theoretical study on the diffraction of bulk ultrasonic waves on the external surfaces of a 2D phononic crystal that consists of a triangular lattice of steel rods in a water matrix. The results of transmission experiments are compared with theoretical band structures obtained with the finite-element method. Angular spectrograms (showing frequency as a function of angle) determined from diffraction experiments are then compared with finite-element simulations of diffraction occurring on the surfaces of the crystal. The experimental results show that the diffraction that occurs on its external surfaces is highly frequency-dependent and has a definite relation with the Bloch modes of the phononic crystal. In particular, a strong influence of the presence of bandgaps and deaf bands on the diffraction efficiency is found. This observation opens perspectives for the design of efficient phononic crystal diffraction gratings.

  9. Supersolid structure and excitation spectrum of soft-core bosons in three dimensions

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    Ancilotto, Francesco; Rossi, Maurizio; Toigo, Flavio

    2013-09-01

    By means of a mean-field method, we have studied the zero-temperature structure and excitation spectrum of a three-dimensional soft-core bosonic system for a value of the interaction strength that favors a crystal structure made of atomic nanoclusters arranged with fcc ordering. In addition to the longitudinal and transverse phonon branches expected for a normal crystal, the excitation spectrum shows a soft mode related to the breaking of gauge symmetry, which signals a partial superfluid character of the solid. Additional evidence of supersolidity is provided by the calculation of the superfluid fraction, which shows a first-order drop, from 1 to 0.4, at the liquid-supersolid transition and a monotonic decrease as the interaction strength parameter is increased. The conditions for the coexistence of the supersolid with the homogeneous superfluid are discussed, and the surface tension of a representative solid-liquid interface is calculated.

  10. Interaction of an electron-hole plasma with optical phonons in GaP

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    Smith, G. O.; Juhasz, T.; Bron, W. E.; Levinson, Y. B.

    1992-04-01

    The interaction of an optically induced nonstationary electron-hole plasma with coherently excited optical phonons in GaP has been investigated through time-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy. Nonexponential optical-phonon dephasing is observed in the presence of the electron-hole plasma. A model describing the interaction between the optical phonons and the electron-hole plasma is presented. A comparison of results from the theoretical model and from the experimental data indicates good agreement.

  11. Measuring Phonon Mean Free Path Distributions by Probing Quasiballistic Phonon Transport in Grating Nanostructures

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    Zeng, Lingping; Collins, Kimberlee C.; Hu, Yongjie; Luckyanova, Maria N.; Maznev, Alexei A.; Huberman, Samuel; Chiloyan, Vazrik; Zhou, Jiawei; Huang, Xiaopeng; Nelson, Keith A.; Chen, Gang

    2015-11-01

    Heat conduction in semiconductors and dielectrics depends upon their phonon mean free paths that describe the average travelling distance between two consecutive phonon scattering events. Nondiffusive phonon transport is being exploited to extract phonon mean free path distributions. Here, we describe an implementation of a nanoscale thermal conductivity spectroscopy technique that allows for the study of mean free path distributions in optically absorbing materials with relatively simple fabrication and a straightforward analysis scheme. We pattern 1D metallic grating of various line widths but fixed gap size on sample surfaces. The metal lines serve as both heaters and thermometers in time-domain thermoreflectance measurements and simultaneously act as wire-grid polarizers that protect the underlying substrate from direct optical excitation and heating. We demonstrate the viability of this technique by studying length-dependent thermal conductivities of silicon at various temperatures. The thermal conductivities measured with different metal line widths are analyzed using suppression functions calculated from the Boltzmann transport equation to extract the phonon mean free path distributions with no calibration required. This table-top ultrafast thermal transport spectroscopy technique enables the study of mean free path spectra in a wide range of technologically important materials.

  12. Measuring Phonon Mean Free Path Distributions by Probing Quasiballistic Phonon Transport in Grating Nanostructures.

    PubMed

    Zeng, Lingping; Collins, Kimberlee C; Hu, Yongjie; Luckyanova, Maria N; Maznev, Alexei A; Huberman, Samuel; Chiloyan, Vazrik; Zhou, Jiawei; Huang, Xiaopeng; Nelson, Keith A; Chen, Gang

    2015-01-01

    Heat conduction in semiconductors and dielectrics depends upon their phonon mean free paths that describe the average travelling distance between two consecutive phonon scattering events. Nondiffusive phonon transport is being exploited to extract phonon mean free path distributions. Here, we describe an implementation of a nanoscale thermal conductivity spectroscopy technique that allows for the study of mean free path distributions in optically absorbing materials with relatively simple fabrication and a straightforward analysis scheme. We pattern 1D metallic grating of various line widths but fixed gap size on sample surfaces. The metal lines serve as both heaters and thermometers in time-domain thermoreflectance measurements and simultaneously act as wire-grid polarizers that protect the underlying substrate from direct optical excitation and heating. We demonstrate the viability of this technique by studying length-dependent thermal conductivities of silicon at various temperatures. The thermal conductivities measured with different metal line widths are analyzed using suppression functions calculated from the Boltzmann transport equation to extract the phonon mean free path distributions with no calibration required. This table-top ultrafast thermal transport spectroscopy technique enables the study of mean free path spectra in a wide range of technologically important materials. PMID:26612032

  13. Measuring phonon mean free path distributions by probing quasiballistic phonon transport in grating nanostructures

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    Zeng, Lingping; Collins, Kimberlee C.; Hu, Yongjie; Luckyanova, Maria N.; Maznev, Alexei A.; Huberman, Samuel; Chiloyan, Vazrik; Zhou, Jiawei; Huang, Xiaopeng; Nelson, Keith A.; et al

    2015-11-27

    Heat conduction in semiconductors and dielectrics depends upon their phonon mean free paths that describe the average travelling distance between two consecutive phonon scattering events. Nondiffusive phonon transport is being exploited to extract phonon mean free path distributions. Here, we describe an implementation of a nanoscale thermal conductivity spectroscopy technique that allows for the study of mean free path distributions in optically absorbing materials with relatively simple fabrication and a straightforward analysis scheme. We pattern 1D metallic grating of various line widths but fixed gap size on sample surfaces. The metal lines serve as both heaters and thermometers in time-domainmore » thermoreflectance measurements and simultaneously act as wiregrid polarizers that protect the underlying substrate from direct optical excitation and heating. We demonstrate the viability of this technique by studying length-dependent thermal conductivities of silicon at various temperatures. The thermal conductivities measured with different metal line widths are analyzed using suppression functions calculated from the Boltzmann transport equation to extract the phonon mean free path distributions with no calibration required. Furthermore, this table-top ultrafast thermal transport spectroscopy technique enables the study of mean free path spectra in a wide range of technologically important materials.« less

  14. Measuring Phonon Mean Free Path Distributions by Probing Quasiballistic Phonon Transport in Grating Nanostructures

    PubMed Central

    Zeng, Lingping; Collins, Kimberlee C.; Hu, Yongjie; Luckyanova, Maria N.; Maznev, Alexei A.; Huberman, Samuel; Chiloyan, Vazrik; Zhou, Jiawei; Huang, Xiaopeng; Nelson, Keith A.; Chen, Gang

    2015-01-01

    Heat conduction in semiconductors and dielectrics depends upon their phonon mean free paths that describe the average travelling distance between two consecutive phonon scattering events. Nondiffusive phonon transport is being exploited to extract phonon mean free path distributions. Here, we describe an implementation of a nanoscale thermal conductivity spectroscopy technique that allows for the study of mean free path distributions in optically absorbing materials with relatively simple fabrication and a straightforward analysis scheme. We pattern 1D metallic grating of various line widths but fixed gap size on sample surfaces. The metal lines serve as both heaters and thermometers in time-domain thermoreflectance measurements and simultaneously act as wire-grid polarizers that protect the underlying substrate from direct optical excitation and heating. We demonstrate the viability of this technique by studying length-dependent thermal conductivities of silicon at various temperatures. The thermal conductivities measured with different metal line widths are analyzed using suppression functions calculated from the Boltzmann transport equation to extract the phonon mean free path distributions with no calibration required. This table-top ultrafast thermal transport spectroscopy technique enables the study of mean free path spectra in a wide range of technologically important materials. PMID:26612032

  15. Measuring phonon mean free path distributions by probing quasiballistic phonon transport in grating nanostructures

    SciTech Connect

    Zeng, Lingping; Collins, Kimberlee C.; Hu, Yongjie; Luckyanova, Maria N.; Maznev, Alexei A.; Huberman, Samuel; Chiloyan, Vazrik; Zhou, Jiawei; Huang, Xiaopeng; Nelson, Keith A.; Chen, Gang

    2015-11-27

    Heat conduction in semiconductors and dielectrics depends upon their phonon mean free paths that describe the average travelling distance between two consecutive phonon scattering events. Nondiffusive phonon transport is being exploited to extract phonon mean free path distributions. Here, we describe an implementation of a nanoscale thermal conductivity spectroscopy technique that allows for the study of mean free path distributions in optically absorbing materials with relatively simple fabrication and a straightforward analysis scheme. We pattern 1D metallic grating of various line widths but fixed gap size on sample surfaces. The metal lines serve as both heaters and thermometers in time-domain thermoreflectance measurements and simultaneously act as wiregrid polarizers that protect the underlying substrate from direct optical excitation and heating. We demonstrate the viability of this technique by studying length-dependent thermal conductivities of silicon at various temperatures. The thermal conductivities measured with different metal line widths are analyzed using suppression functions calculated from the Boltzmann transport equation to extract the phonon mean free path distributions with no calibration required. Furthermore, this table-top ultrafast thermal transport spectroscopy technique enables the study of mean free path spectra in a wide range of technologically important materials.

  16. Preface: Phonons 2007

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    Perrin, Bernard

    2007-06-01

    Conference logo The conference PHONONS 2007 was held 15-20 July 2007 in the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers (CNAM) Paris, France. CNAM is a college of higher technology for training students in the application of science to industry, founded by Henri Grégoire in 1794. This was the 12th International Conference on Phonon Scattering in Condensed Matter. This international conference series, held every 3 years, started in France at Sainte-Maxime in 1972. It was then followed by meetings at Nottingham (1975), Providence (1979), Stuttgart (1983), Urbana-Champaign (1986), Heidelberg (1989), Ithaca (1992), Sapporo (1995), Lancaster (1998), Dartmouth (2001) and St Petersburg (2004). PHONONS 2007 was attended by 346 delegates from 37 different countries as follows: France 120, Japan 45, Germany 25, USA 25, Russia 21, Italy 13, Poland 9, UK 9, Canada 7, The Netherlands 7, Finland 6, Spain 6, Taiwan 6, Greece 4, India 4, Israel 4, Ukraine 4, Serbia 3, South Africa 3, Argentina 2, Belgium 2, China 2, Iran 2, Korea 2, Romania 2, Switzerland 2, and one each from Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, Estonia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey. There were 5 plenary lectures, 14 invited talks and 84 oral contributions; 225 posters were presented during three poster sessions. The first plenary lecture was given by H J Maris who presented fascinating movies featuring the motion of a single electron in liquid helium. Robert Blick gave us a review on the new possibilities afforded by nanotechnology to design nano-electomechanical systems (NEMS) and the way to use them to study elementary and fundamental processes. The growing interest for phonon transport studies in nanostructured materials was demonstrated by Arun Majumdar. Andrey Akimov described how ultrafast acoustic solitons can monitor the optical properties of quantum wells. Finally, Maurice Chapellier told us how

  17. Phonon interpretation of the 'boson peak' in supercooled liquids.

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    Grigera, T S; Martín-Mayor, V; Parisi, G; Verrocchio, P

    2003-03-20

    Glasses are amorphous solids, in the sense that they display elastic behaviour. In crystalline solids, elasticity is associated with phonons, which are quantized vibrational excitations. Phonon-like excitations also exist in glasses at very high (terahertz; 10(12) Hz) frequencies; surprisingly, these persist in the supercooled liquids. A universal feature of such amorphous systems is the boson peak: the vibrational density of states has an excess compared to the Debye squared-frequency law. Here we investigate the origin of this feature by studying the spectra of inherent structures (local minima of the potential energy) in a realistic glass model. We claim that the peak is the signature of a phase transition in the space of the stationary points of the energy, from a minima-dominated phase (with phonons) at low energy to a saddle-point-dominated phase (without phonons). The boson peak moves to lower frequencies on approaching the phonon-saddle transition, and its height diverges at the critical point. Our numerical results agree with the predictions of euclidean random matrix theory on the existence of a sharp phase transition between an amorphous elastic phase and a phonon-free one. PMID:12646916

  18. Magnetic moments induce strong phonon renormalization in FeSi

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    Krannich, S.; Sidis, Y.; Lamago, D.; Heid, R.; Mignot, J.-M.; Löhneysen, H. v.; Ivanov, A.; Steffens, P.; Keller, T.; Wang, L.; Goering, E.; Weber, F.

    2015-01-01

    The interactions of electronic, spin and lattice degrees of freedom in solids result in complex phase diagrams, new emergent phenomena and technical applications. While electron–phonon coupling is well understood, and interactions between spin and electronic excitations are intensely investigated, only little is known about the dynamic interactions between spin and lattice excitations. Noncentrosymmetric FeSi is known to undergo with increasing temperature a crossover from insulating to metallic behaviour with concomitant magnetic fluctuations, and exhibits strongly temperature-dependent phonon energies. Here we show by detailed inelastic neutron-scattering measurements and ab initio calculations that the phonon renormalization in FeSi is linked to its unconventional magnetic properties. Electronic states mediating conventional electron–phonon coupling are only activated in the presence of strong magnetic fluctuations. Furthermore, phonons entailing strongly varying Fe–Fe distances are damped via dynamic coupling to the temperature-induced magnetic moments, highlighting FeSi as a material with direct spin–phonon coupling and multiple interaction paths. PMID:26611619

  19. Magnetic moments induce strong phonon renormalization in FeSi.

    PubMed

    Krannich, S; Sidis, Y; Lamago, D; Heid, R; Mignot, J-M; Löhneysen, H v; Ivanov, A; Steffens, P; Keller, T; Wang, L; Goering, E; Weber, F

    2015-01-01

    The interactions of electronic, spin and lattice degrees of freedom in solids result in complex phase diagrams, new emergent phenomena and technical applications. While electron-phonon coupling is well understood, and interactions between spin and electronic excitations are intensely investigated, only little is known about the dynamic interactions between spin and lattice excitations. Noncentrosymmetric FeSi is known to undergo with increasing temperature a crossover from insulating to metallic behaviour with concomitant magnetic fluctuations, and exhibits strongly temperature-dependent phonon energies. Here we show by detailed inelastic neutron-scattering measurements and ab initio calculations that the phonon renormalization in FeSi is linked to its unconventional magnetic properties. Electronic states mediating conventional electron-phonon coupling are only activated in the presence of strong magnetic fluctuations. Furthermore, phonons entailing strongly varying Fe-Fe distances are damped via dynamic coupling to the temperature-induced magnetic moments, highlighting FeSi as a material with direct spin-phonon coupling and multiple interaction paths. PMID:26611619

  20. Phonon induced magnetism in ionic materials

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    Restrepo, Oscar D.; Antolin, Nikolas; Jin, Hyungyu; Heremans, Joseph P.; Windl, Wolfgang

    2014-03-01

    Thermoelectric phenomena in magnetic materials create exciting possibilities in future spin caloritronic devices by manipulating spin information using heat. An accurate understanding of the spin-lattice interactions, i.e. the coupling between magnetic excitations (magnons) and lattice vibrations (phonons), holds the key to unraveling their underlying physics. We report ab initio frozen-phonon calculations of CsI that result in non-zero magnetization when the degeneracy between spin-up and spin-down electronic density of states is lifted for certain phonon displacement patterns. For those, the magnetization as a function of atomic displacement shows a sharp resonance due to the electronic states on the displaced Cs atoms, while the electrons on indium form a continuous background magnetization. We relate this resonance to the generation of a two-level system in the spin-polarized Cs partial density of states as a function of displacement, which we propose to be described by a simple resonant-susceptibility model. Current work extends these investigations to semiconductors such as InSb. ODR and WW are supported by the Center for Emergent Materials, an NSF MRSEC at OSU (Grant DMR-0820414).HJ and JPH are supported by AFOSR MURI Cryogenic Peltier Cooling, Contract #FA9550-10-1-0533.

  1. Phonons in quantum solids with defects. [lattice vacancies and interstitials in solid helium and metallic hydrogen

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    Jacobi, N.; Zmuidzinas, J. S.

    1974-01-01

    A formalism was developed for temperature-dependent, self-consistent phonons in quantum solids with defects. Lattice vacancies and interstitials in solid helium and metallic hydrogen, as well as electronic excitations in solid helium, were treated as defects that modify properties of these systems. The information to be gained from the modified phonon spectrum is discussed.

  2. Phonovoltaic. I. Harvesting hot optical phonons in a nanoscale p -n junction

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    Melnick, Corey; Kaviany, Massoud

    2016-03-01

    The phonovoltaic (pV) cell is similar to the photovoltaic. It harvests nonequilibrium (hot) optical phonons (Ep ,O) more energetic than the band gap (Δ Ee ,g) to generate power in a p-n junction. We examine the theoretical electron-phonon and phonon-phonon scattering rates, the Boltzmann transport of electrons, and the diode equation and hydrodynamic simulations to describe the operation of a pV cell and develop an analytic model predicting its efficiency. Our findings indicate that a pV material with Ep ,O≃Δ Ee ,g≫kBT , where kBT is the thermal energy, and a strong interband electron-phonon coupling surpasses the thermoelectric limit, provided the optical phonon population is excited in a nanoscale cell, enabling the ensuing local nonequilibrium. Finding and tuning a material with these properties is challenging. In Paper II [C. Melnick and M. Kaviany, Phys. Rev. B 93, 125203 (2016), 10.1103/PhysRevB.93.125203], we tune the band gap of graphite within density functional theory through hydrogenation and the application of isotropic strains. The band gap is tuned to resonate with its energetic optical phonon modes and calculate the ab initio electron-phonon and phonon-phonon scattering rates. While hydrogenation degrades the strong electron-phonon coupling in graphene such that the figure of merit vanishes, we outline the methodology for a continued material search.

  3. Phonons in chalcopyrite compounds

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    Derollez, P.; Laamyem, A.; Fouret, R.; Hennion, B.; Gonzalez, J.

    1999-06-01

    The phonon dispersion curves along the [100] and [001] directions of CuInSe2 and AgGaSe2 have been measured by inelastic neutron scattering. They are analyzed with different rigid-ion models: Born-von Karman and valence force field models. The calculated dispersion curves are in good agreement with experiments.

  4. ThermoPhonon

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    Zarkevich, Nikolai

    2014-11-24

    ThermoPhonon is a stand-alone code, which can be integrated into other software packages. Typically, it is used together with a density functional theory (DFT) code (such as VASP, Wien2k, AbInit, SIESTA) and a phonon code (such as Phonopy or Phon). The workflow is the following. Molecular dynamics (MD) in a supercell at a given temperature T is performed using another code. After sufficient equilibration, the output in the form of atomic positions and forces for a large number of selected MD steps is recorded into a file. If needed, one can modify this file by applying additional constraints, such as enforced crystal symmetry or subtracted motion of the center of mass. ThermoPhonon reads the file with atomic positions and forces and writes a new file with the force constants. Force constants can be used by another code (such as Phonopy or Phon) to produce phonon spectrum for plotting, in the assumption of known equilibrium atomic positions provided in a separate file.

  5. ThermoPhonon

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    2014-11-24

    ThermoPhonon is a stand-alone code, which can be integrated into other software packages. Typically, it is used together with a density functional theory (DFT) code (such as VASP, Wien2k, AbInit, SIESTA) and a phonon code (such as Phonopy or Phon). The workflow is the following. Molecular dynamics (MD) in a supercell at a given temperature T is performed using another code. After sufficient equilibration, the output in the form of atomic positions and forces formore » a large number of selected MD steps is recorded into a file. If needed, one can modify this file by applying additional constraints, such as enforced crystal symmetry or subtracted motion of the center of mass. ThermoPhonon reads the file with atomic positions and forces and writes a new file with the force constants. Force constants can be used by another code (such as Phonopy or Phon) to produce phonon spectrum for plotting, in the assumption of known equilibrium atomic positions provided in a separate file.« less

  6. Phonon properties of americium phosphide

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    Arya, B. S.; Aynyas, Mahendra; Sanyal, S. P.

    2016-05-01

    Phonon properties of AmP have been studied by using breathing shell models (BSM) which includes breathing motion of electrons of the Am atoms due to f-d hybridization. The phonon dispersion curves, specific heat calculated from present model. The calculated phonon dispersion curves of AmP are presented follow the same trend as observed in uranium phosphide. We discuss the significance of this approach in predicting the phonon dispersion curves of these compounds and examine the role of electron-phonon interaction.

  7. Interaction of the moving domain wall with phonons

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    Demokritov, S. O.; Kirilyuk, A. I.; Kreines, N. M.; Kudinov, V. I.; Smirnov, V. B.; Chetkin, M. V.

    1991-12-01

    The interaction between the moving domain wall (DW) and acoustic phonons in the weak ferromagnet YFeO 3 has been investigated by means of Brillouin-Mandel'stam spectroscopy method for the first time. The light scattering by the moving DW with the frequency shift due to the Doppler effect has been observed. The DW velocity and the intensity of the scattered light were determined from the spectra as a function of pulsed magnetic field at different temperatures. It was determined that as the DW velocity approaches that of transverse of longitudinal sound extra phonons, or sound soliton, are generated. The light scattering from the excited phonons was observed directly. The space and time evolution of this sound soliton was investigated at T=2 K. Nonstationary supersound DW motion has been observed. Nonlinear excitation of longitudinal sound was discovered. The temperature dependence of the DW mobility was also measured. The general picture of the DW motion at v≈ s was discussed.

  8. High-performance Brillouin spectroscopy of phonons induced by a piezoelectric thin film with a coaxial microwave resonator.

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    Sano, Hiroyuki; Yanagitani, Takahiko; Takayanagi, Shinji; Sugimoto, Takeshi; Matsukawa, Mami

    2013-05-01

    To overcome the low accuracy of acoustic velocity measurements based on Brillouin scattering from thermal phonons, we attempted to utilize induced coherent phonons, which cause intense Brillouin scattering. A ZnO piezoelectric film was used to induce gigahertz-range coherent phonons in a silica glass block sample. An evanescent electromagnetic wave leaked from a coaxial resonator was applied into the film to excite phonons. The scattered light obtained using this simple system was much more intense than that obtained from thermal phonons. This technique will improve the accuracy and reduce the measurement time. PMID:23661120

  9. Phonon-enhanced crystal growth and lattice healing

    DOEpatents

    Buonassisi, Anthony; Bertoni, Mariana; Newman, Bonna

    2013-05-28

    A system for modifying dislocation distributions in semiconductor materials is provided. The system includes one or more vibrational sources for producing at least one excitation of vibrational mode having phonon frequencies so as to enhance dislocation motion through a crystal lattice.

  10. Fourier-transform inelastic X-ray scattering from time- and momentum-dependent phonon-phonon correlations

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    Trigo, M.; Fuchs, M.; Chen, J.; Jiang, M. P.; Cammarata, M.; Fahy, S.; Fritz, D. M.; Gaffney, K.; Ghimire, S.; Higginbotham, A.; Johnson, S. L.; Kozina, M. E.; Larsson, J.; Lemke, H.; Lindenberg, A. M.; Ndabashimiye, G.; Quirin, F.; Sokolowski-Tinten, K.; Uher, C.; Wang, G.; Wark, J. S.; Zhu, D.; Reis, D. A.

    2013-12-01

    The macroscopic characteristics of a material are determined by its elementary excitations, which dictate the response of the system to external stimuli. The spectrum of excitations is related to fluctuations in the density-density correlations and is typically measured through frequency-domain neutron or X-ray scattering. Time-domain measurements of these correlations could yield a more direct way to investigate the excitations of solids and their couplings both near to and far from equilibrium. Here we show that we can access large portions of the phonon dispersion of germanium by measuring the diffuse scattering from femtosecond X-ray free-electron laser pulses. A femtosecond optical laser pulse slightly quenches the vibrational frequencies, producing pairs of high-wavevector phonons with opposite momenta. These phonons manifest themselves as time-dependent coherences in the displacement correlations probed by the X-ray scattering. As the coherences are preferentially created in regions of strong electron-phonon coupling, the time-resolved approach is a natural spectroscopic tool for probing low-energy collective excitations in solids, and their microscopic interactions.

  11. Size effects in thermal conduction by phonons

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    Allen, Philip B.

    2014-08-01

    Heat transport in nanoscale systems is both hard to measure microscopically, and hard to interpret. Ballistic and diffusive heat flow coexist, adding confusion. This paper looks at a very simple case: a nanoscale crystal repeated periodically. This is a popular model for simulation of bulk heat transport using classical molecular dynamics (MD), and is related to transient thermal grating experiments. Nanoscale effects are seen in perhaps their simplest form. The model is solved by an extension of standard quasiparticle gas theory of bulk solids. Both structure and heat flow are constrained by periodic boundary conditions. Diffusive transport is fully included, while ballistic transport by phonons of a long mean free path is diminished in a specific way. Heat current J (x) and temperature gradient ∇T (x') have a nonlocal relationship, via κ (x-x'), over a distance |x-x'| determined by phonon mean free paths. In MD modeling of bulk conductivity, finite computer resources limit system size. Long mean free paths, comparable to the scale of heating and cooling, cause undesired finite-size effects that have to be removed by extrapolation. The present model allows this extrapolation to be quantified. Calculations based on the Peierls-Boltzmann equation, using a generalized Debye model, show that extrapolation involves fractional powers of 1/L. It is also argued that heating and cooling should be distributed sinusoidally [ė∝cos(2πx/L)] to improve convergence of numerics.

  12. Orbitally-driven giant phonon anharmonicity in SnSe

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    Li, Chen W.; Hong, Jiawang; May, Andrew F.; Bansal, Dipanshu; Chi, Songxue; Hong, Tao; Ehlers, Georg; Delaire, Olivier A.

    2015-10-19

    We understand that elementary excitations and their couplings in condensed matter systems is critical to develop better energy-conversion devices. In thermoelectric materials, the heat-to-electricity conversion efficiency is directly improved by suppressing the propagation of phonon quasiparticles responsible for macroscopic thermal transport. The material with the current record for thermoelectric conversion efficiency, SnSe, achieves an ultra-low thermal conductivity, but the mechanism enabling this strong phonon scattering remains largely unknown. Using inelastic neutron scattering measurements and first-principles simulations, we mapped the four-dimensional phonon dispersion surfaces of SnSe, and revealed the origin of ionic-potential anharmonicity responsible for the unique properties of SnSe. We show that the giant phonon scattering arises from an unstable electronic structure, with orbital interactions leading to a ferroelectric-like lattice instability. Our results provide a microscopic picture connecting electronic structure and phonon anharmonicity in SnSe, and offers precious insights on how electron-phonon and phononphonon interactions may lead to the realization of ultra-low thermal conductivity.

  13. Orbitally-driven giant phonon anharmonicity in SnSe

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    Li, Chen W.; Hong, Jiawang; May, Andrew F.; Bansal, Dipanshu; Chi, Songxue; Hong, Tao; Ehlers, Georg; Delaire, Olivier A.

    2015-10-19

    We understand that elementary excitations and their couplings in condensed matter systems is critical to develop better energy-conversion devices. In thermoelectric materials, the heat-to-electricity conversion efficiency is directly improved by suppressing the propagation of phonon quasiparticles responsible for macroscopic thermal transport. The material with the current record for thermoelectric conversion efficiency, SnSe, achieves an ultra-low thermal conductivity, but the mechanism enabling this strong phonon scattering remains largely unknown. Using inelastic neutron scattering measurements and first-principles simulations, we mapped the four-dimensional phonon dispersion surfaces of SnSe, and revealed the origin of ionic-potential anharmonicity responsible for the unique properties of SnSe. Wemore » show that the giant phonon scattering arises from an unstable electronic structure, with orbital interactions leading to a ferroelectric-like lattice instability. Our results provide a microscopic picture connecting electronic structure and phonon anharmonicity in SnSe, and offers precious insights on how electron-phonon and phononphonon interactions may lead to the realization of ultra-low thermal conductivity.« less

  14. VAMPIR describes shape coexistence in nuclei

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    Faessler, A.

    1993-12-31

    The measurements of shape coexistence of the Vanderbilt-Oak Ridge-LSU-Georgia-Tech-Group is shortly reviewed for the Hg isotopes and the mass 70 region. Then this contribution concentrates on the description of shape coexistence with the help of refined self-consistent fields plus correlations. The basic approach is VAMPIR which starts from an angular momentum, proton and neutron number and parity projected Hartree-Fock-Bogoliubov quasi-particle Slater determinant. VAMPIR stands for Variation After Mean field Projection In Realistic models spaces. Minimization of orthogonalized projected HFB states yields also shape coexistence exited states of the same symmetries. Those states can then be diagonalized to include correlations (excited VAMPIR=EV). One can even improve on EV by adding in a second step to VAMPIR a second projected HFB-Slater determinant with unknown Bogoliubov transformation coefficients. The energy is now minimized by varying the mixing coefficients of the two Slater determinants and the Bogoliubov transformation in the second state. This can be continued step by step always using the previously fixed HFB-Slater determinants and determining only one in addition and the mixing coefficients of all the projected HFB-Slater determinants. The method is tested in sd-shell nuclei and applied in the A=70 region to the Ge and Se isotopes, where the Vanderbilt-Oak Ridge-group found a large number of different shapes in nuclei.

  15. Reconfigurable long-range phonon dynamics in optomechanical arrays.

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    Xuereb, André; Genes, Claudiu; Pupillo, Guido; Paternostro, Mauro; Dantan, Aurélien

    2014-04-01

    We investigate periodic optomechanical arrays as reconfigurable platforms for engineering the coupling between multiple mechanical and electromagnetic modes and for exploring many-body phonon dynamics. Exploiting structural resonances in the coupling between light fields and collective motional modes of the array, we show that tunable effective long-range interactions between mechanical modes can be achieved. This paves the way towards the implementation of controlled phononic walks and heat transfer on densely connected graphs as well as the coherent transfer of excitations between distant elements of optomechanical arrays. PMID:24745417

  16. Magnon-phonon interconversion in a dynamically reconfigurable magnetic material

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    Guerreiro, Sergio C.; Rezende, Sergio M.

    2015-12-01

    The ferrimagnetic insulator yttrium iron garnet (YIG) is an important material in the field of magnon spintronics, mainly because of its low magnetic losses. YIG also has very low acoustic losses, and for this reason the conversion of a state of magnetic excitation (magnons) into a state of lattice vibration (phonons), or vice versa, broadens its possible applications in spintronics. Since the magnetic parameters can be varied by some external action, the magnon-phonon interconversion can be tuned to perform a desired function. We present a quantum theory of the interaction between magnons and phonons in a ferromagnetic material subject to a dynamic variation of the applied magnetic field. It is shown that when the field gradient at the magnetoelastic crossover region is much smaller than a critical value, an initial elastic excitation can be completely converted into a magnetic excitation, or vice versa. This occurs with conservation of linear momentum and spin angular momentum, implying that phonons created by the conversion of magnons have spin angular momentum and carry spin current. It is shown further that if the system is initially in a quantum coherent state, its coherence properties are maintained regardless of the time dependence of the field.

  17. Suppression of nonlinear phonon relaxation in Yb:YAG thin disk via zero phonon line pumping.

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    Smrž, Martin; Miura, Taisuke; Chyla, Michal; Nagisetty, Siva; Novák, Ondřej; Endo, Akira; Mocek, Tomáš

    2014-08-15

    A quantitative comparison of conventional absorption line (940 nm) pumping and zero phonon line (ZPL) (969 nm) pumping of a Yb:YAG thin disk laser is reported. Characteristics of an output beam profile, surface temperature, and deformation of a thin disk under the different pump wavelengths are evaluated. We found that a nonlinear phonon relaxation (NPR) of the excited state in Yb:YAG, which induces nonlinear temperature rise and large aspheric deformation, did not appear in the case of a ZPL pumped Yb:YAG thin disk. This means that the advantage of ZPL pumping is not only the reduction of quantum defect but also the suppression of NPR. The latter effect is more important for high power lasers. PMID:25121908

  18. The Co-Existence Daisy.

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    Mahajna, Salah; Harel, Yael

    1992-01-01

    Activities that promote Arab-Jew coexistence at the English Department and Arab College at Beth Berl College are recounted. The authors' projects, each regarded as a petal in a "Coexistence Daisy," include those related to art encounters, interprofessional relationships, and inservice training. (LB)

  19. Magnetic excitations and phonons simultaneously studied by resonant inelastic x-ray scattering in optimally doped Bi1.5Pb0.55Sr1.6La0.4CuO6 +δ

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    Peng, Y. Y.; Hashimoto, M.; Sala, M. Moretti; Amorese, A.; Brookes, N. B.; Dellea, G.; Lee, W.-S.; Minola, M.; Schmitt, T.; Yoshida, Y.; Zhou, K.-J.; Eisaki, H.; Devereaux, T. P.; Shen, Z.-X.; Braicovich, L.; Ghiringhelli, G.

    2015-08-01

    Magnetic excitations in the optimally doped high-Tc superconductor Bi1.5Pb0.55Sr1.6La0.4CuO6 +δ (OP-Bi2201, Tc≃34 K) are investigated by Cu L3 edge resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS), below and above the pseudogap opening temperature. At both temperatures the broad spectral distribution disperses along the (1,0) direction up to ˜350 meV at zone boundary, similar to other hole-doped cuprates. However, above ˜0.22 reciprocal lattice units, we observe a concurrent intensity decrease for magnetic excitations and quasielastic signals with weak temperature dependence. This anomaly seems to indicate a coupling between magnetic, lattice, and charge modes in this compound. We also compare the magnetic excitation spectra near the antinodal zone boundary in the single layer OP-Bi2201 and in the bilayer optimally doped Bi1.5Pb0.6Sr1.54CaCu2O8 +δ (OP-Bi2212, Tc≃96 K). The strong similarities in the paramagnon dispersion and in their energy at zone boundary indicate that the strength of the superexchange interaction and the short-range magnetic correlation cannot be directly related to Tc, not even within the same family of cuprates.

  20. Infrared study of lattice dynamics and spin-phonon and electron-phonon interactions in multiferroic TbF e3(BO3) 4 and GdF e3(BO3) 4

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    Klimin, S. A.; Kuzmenko, A. B.; Kashchenko, M. A.; Popova, M. N.

    2016-02-01

    We present a comparative far-infrared reflection spectroscopy study of phonons, phase transitions, spin-phonon, and electron-phonon interactions in isostructural multiferroic iron borates of gadolinium and terbium. The behavior of phonon modes registered in a wide temperature range is consistent with a weak first-order structural phase transition [Ts=143 for GdF e3(BO3) 4 and 200 K for TbF e3(BO3) 4 ] from a high-symmetry high-temperature R 32 structure into a low-symmetry low-temperature P 3121 one. The temperature dependences of frequencies, oscillator strengths, and damping constants of some low-frequency modes reveal an appreciable lattice anharmonicity. Peculiarities in the phonon mode behavior in both compounds at the temperature of an antiferromagnetic ordering [TN=32 K for GdF e3(BO3) 4 and 40 K for TbF e3(BO3) 4 ] evidence the spin-phonon interaction. In the energy range of phonons, GdF e3(BO3) 4 has no electronic levels, but TbF e3(BO3) 4 possesses several. We observe an onset of new bands in the excitation spectrum of TbF e3(BO3) 4 due to a resonance interaction between a lattice phonon and 4 f electronic crystal-field (CF) excitations of T b3 + . This interaction causes delocalization of the CF excitations, their Davydov splitting, and formation of coupled electron-phonon modes.

  1. Phonon analog of topological nodal semimetals

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    Po, Hoi Chun; Bahri, Yasaman; Vishwanath, Ashvin

    2016-05-01

    Topological band structures in electronic systems like topological insulators and semimetals give rise to highly unusual physical properties. Analogous topological effects have also been discussed in bosonic systems, but the novel phenomena typically occur only when the system is excited by finite-frequency probes. A mapping recently proposed by C. L. Kane and T. C. Lubensky [Nat. Phys. 10, 39 (2014), 10.1038/nphys2835], however, establishes a closer correspondence. It relates the zero-frequency excitations of mechanical systems to topological zero modes of fermions that appear at the edges of an otherwise gapped system. Here we generalize the mapping to systems with an intrinsically gapless bulk. In particular, we construct mechanical counterparts of topological semimetals. The resulting gapless bulk modes are physically distinct from the usual acoustic Goldstone phonons and appear even in the absence of continuous translation invariance. Moreover, the zero-frequency phonon modes feature adjustable momenta and are topologically protected as long as the lattice coordination is unchanged. Such protected soft modes with tunable wave vector may be useful in designing mechanical structures with fault-tolerant properties.

  2. Tunable Topological Phononic Crystals

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    Chen, Ze-Guo; Wu, Ying

    2016-05-01

    Topological insulators first observed in electronic systems have inspired many analogues in photonic and phononic crystals in which remarkable one-way propagation edge states are supported by topologically nontrivial band gaps. Such band gaps can be achieved by breaking the time-reversal symmetry to lift the degeneracy associated with Dirac cones at the corners of the Brillouin zone. Here, we report on our construction of a phononic crystal exhibiting a Dirac-like cone in the Brillouin zone center. We demonstrate that simultaneously breaking the time-reversal symmetry and altering the geometric size of the unit cell result in a topological transition that we verify by the Chern number calculation and edge-mode analysis. We develop a complete model based on the tight binding to uncover the physical mechanisms of the topological transition. Both the model and numerical simulations show that the topology of the band gap is tunable by varying both the velocity field and the geometric size; such tunability may dramatically enrich the design and use of acoustic topological insulators.

  3. Phononic plate waves.

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    Wu, Tsung-Tsong; Hsu, Jin-Chen; Sun, Jia-Hong

    2011-10-01

    In the past two decades, phononic crystals (PCs) which consist of periodically arranged media have attracted considerable interest because of the existence of complete frequency band gaps and maneuverable band structures. Recently, Lamb waves in thin plates with PC structures have started to receive increasing attention for their potential applications in filters, resonators, and waveguides. This paper presents a review of recent works related to phononic plate waves which have recently been published by the authors and coworkers. Theoretical and experimental studies of Lamb waves in 2-D PC plate structures are covered. On the theoretical side, analyses of Lamb waves in 2-D PC plates using the plane wave expansion (PWE) method, finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method, and finite-element (FE) method are addressed. These methods were applied to study the complete band gaps of Lamb waves, characteristics of the propagating and localized wave modes, and behavior of anomalous refraction, called negative refraction, in the PC plates. The theoretical analyses demonstrated the effects of PC-based negative refraction, lens, waveguides, and resonant cavities. We also discuss the influences of geometrical parameters on the guiding and resonance efficiency and on the frequencies of waveguide and cavity modes. On the experimental side, the design and fabrication of a silicon-based Lamb wave resonator which utilizes PC plates as reflective gratings to form the resonant cavity are discussed. The measured results showed significant improvement of the insertion losses and quality factors of the resonators when the PCs were applied. PMID:21989878

  4. Coherent acoustic phonons in nanostructures

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    Dekorsy, T.; Taubert, R.; Hudert, F.; Bartels, A.; Habenicht, A.; Merkt, F.; Leiderer, P.; Köhler, K.; Schmitz, J.; Wagner, J.

    2008-02-01

    Phonons are considered as a most important origin of scattering and dissipation for electronic coherence in nanostructures. The generation of coherent acoustic phonons with femtosecond laser pulses opens the possibility to control phonon dynamics in amplitude and phase. We demonstrate a new experimental technique based on two synchronized femtosecond lasers with GHz repetition rate to study the dynamics of coherently generated acoustic phonons in semiconductor heterostructures with high sensitivity. High-speed synchronous optical sampling (ASOPS) enables to scan a time-delay of 1 ns with 100 fs time resolution with a frequency in the kHz range without a moving part in the set-up. We investigate the dynamics of coherent zone-folded acoustic phonons in semiconductor superlattices (GaAs/AlAs and GaSb/InAs) and of coherent vibration of metallic nanostructures of non-spherical shape using ASOPS.

  5. Phonon-mediated magnetic polaritons
in the infrared region.

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    Wang, L P; Zhang, Z M

    2011-03-14

    Magnetic polaritons that couple electromagnetic waves with magnetic excitation can be used for tailoring the radiative properties of materials in energy-harvesting and other applications. Previous studies used metallic microstructures to induce magnetic responses. With rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA), transmission enhancement with a SiC slit array and coherent thermal emission with a SiC deep grating is theoretically demonstrated in the infrared within the phonon absorption band. The field distributions and the agreement in the resonance frequencies predicted from both RCWA and LC circuit models strongly suggest that magnetic polaritons exist in the SiC microstructures. This type of magnetic polariton is mediated by vibration of atoms in polar materials (i.e., optical phonons), rather than by free electrons in metals. Our results suggest that phonon-mediated magnetic polaritons have promising applications such as filters and selective coherent emitters in the infrared spectral region. PMID:21445214

  6. Generation mechanism of terahertz coherent acoustic phonons in Fe

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    Henighan, T.; Trigo, M.; Bonetti, S.; Granitzka, P.; Higley, D.; Chen, Z.; Jiang, M. P.; Kukreja, R.; Gray, A.; Reid, A. H.; Jal, E.; Hoffmann, M. C.; Kozina, M.; Song, S.; Chollet, M.; Zhu, D.; Xu, P. F.; Jeong, J.; Carva, K.; Maldonado, P.; Oppeneer, P. M.; Samant, M. G.; Parkin, S. S. P.; Reis, D. A.; Dürr, H. A.

    2016-06-01

    We use femtosecond time-resolved hard x-ray scattering to detect coherent acoustic phonons generated during ultrafast laser excitation of ferromagnetic bcc Fe films grown on MgO(001). We observe the coherent longitudinal-acoustic phonons as a function of wave vector through analysis of the temporal oscillations in the x-ray scattering signal. The width of the extracted strain wave front associated with this coherent motion is ˜100 fs. An effective electronic Grüneisen parameter is extracted within a two-temperature model. However, ab initio calculations show that the phonons are nonthermal on the time scale of the experiment, which calls into question the validity of extracting physical constants by fitting such a two-temperature model.

  7. Anharmonic phonons and magnons in BiFeO3

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    Delaire, Olivier A; Ma, Jie; Stone, Matthew B; Huq, Ashfia; Gout, Delphine J; Brown, Craig; Wang, Kefeng; Ren, Zhifeng

    2012-01-01

    The phonon density of states (DOS) and magnetic excitation spectrum of polycrystalline BiFeO3 were measured for temperatures 200 < T < 750K , using inelastic neutron scattering (INS). Our results indicate that the magnetic spectrum of BiFeO3 closely resembles that of similar Fe perovskites, such as LaFeO3, despite the cycloid modulation in BiFeO3. We do not find any evidence for a spin gap. A strong T-dependence of the phonon DOS was found, with a marked broadening of the whole spectrum, providing evidence of strong anharmonicity. This anharmonicity is corroborated by large amplitude motions of Bi and O ions observed with neutron diffraction. These results highlight the importance of spin-phonon coupling in this material.

  8. Phonon-phonon interactions: First principles theory

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    Gibbons, T. M.; Bebek, M. B.; Kang, By.; Stanley, C. M.; Estreicher, S. K.

    2015-08-28

    We present the details of a method to perform molecular-dynamics (MD) simulations without thermostat and with very small temperature fluctuations ±ΔT starting with MD step 1. It involves preparing the supercell at the time t = 0 in physically correct microstates using the eigenvectors of the dynamical matrix. Each initial microstate corresponds to a different distribution of kinetic and potential energies for each vibrational mode (the total energy of each microstate is the same). Averaging the MD runs over many initial microstates further reduces ΔT. The electronic states are obtained using first-principles theory (density-functional theory in periodic supercells). Three applications are discussed: the lifetime and decay of vibrational excitations, the isotope dependence of thermal conductivities, and the flow of heat at an interface.

  9. Phase coexistence far from equilibrium

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    Dickman, Ronald

    2016-04-01

    Investigation of simple far-from-equilibrium systems exhibiting phase separation leads to the conclusion that phase coexistence is not well defined in this context. This is because the properties of the coexisting nonequilibrium systems depend on how they are placed in contact, as verified in the driven lattice gas with attractive interactions, and in the two-temperature lattice gas, under (a) weak global exchange between uniform systems, and (b) phase-separated (nonuniform) systems. Thus, far from equilibrium, the notions of universality of phase coexistence (i.e., independence of how systems exchange particles and/or energy), and of phases with intrinsic properties (independent of their environment) are lost.

  10. Thermally triggered phononic gaps in liquids at THz scale.

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    Bolmatov, Dima; Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Zav'yalov, Dmitry; Stoupin, Stanislav; Cunsolo, Alessandro; Cai, Yong Q

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we present inelastic X-ray scattering experiments in a diamond anvil cell and molecular dynamic simulations to investigate the behavior of phononic excitations in liquid Ar. The spectra calculated using molecular dynamics were found to be in a good agreement with the experimental data. Furthermore, we observe that, upon temperature increases, a low-frequency transverse phononic gap emerges while high-frequency propagating modes become evanescent at the THz scale. The effect of strong localization of a longitudinal phononic mode in the supercritical phase is observed for the first time. The evidence for the high-frequency transverse phononic gap due to the transition from an oscillatory to a ballistic dynamic regimes of motion is presented and supported by molecular dynamics simulations. This transition takes place across the Frenkel line thermodynamic limit which demarcates compressed liquid and non-compressed fluid domains on the phase diagram and is supported by calculations within the Green-Kubo phenomenological formalism. These results are crucial to advance the development of novel terahertz thermal devices, phononic lenses, mirrors, and other THz metamaterials. PMID:26763899

  11. Thermally triggered phononic gaps in liquids at THz scale

    PubMed Central

    Bolmatov, Dima; Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Zav’yalov, Dmitry; Stoupin, Stanislav; Cunsolo, Alessandro; Cai, Yong Q.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper we present inelastic X-ray scattering experiments in a diamond anvil cell and molecular dynamic simulations to investigate the behavior of phononic excitations in liquid Ar. The spectra calculated using molecular dynamics were found to be in a good agreement with the experimental data. Furthermore, we observe that, upon temperature increases, a low-frequency transverse phononic gap emerges while high-frequency propagating modes become evanescent at the THz scale. The effect of strong localization of a longitudinal phononic mode in the supercritical phase is observed for the first time. The evidence for the high-frequency transverse phononic gap due to the transition from an oscillatory to a ballistic dynamic regimes of motion is presented and supported by molecular dynamics simulations. This transition takes place across the Frenkel line thermodynamic limit which demarcates compressed liquid and non-compressed fluid domains on the phase diagram and is supported by calculations within the Green-Kubo phenomenological formalism. These results are crucial to advance the development of novel terahertz thermal devices, phononic lenses, mirrors, and other THz metamaterials. PMID:26763899

  12. Thermally triggered phononic gaps in liquids at THz scale

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Bolmatov, Dima; Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Zavyalov, Dmitry; Stoupin, Stanislav; Cunsolo, Alessandro; Cai, Yong Q.

    2016-01-14

    In this study we present inelastic X-ray scattering experiments in a diamond anvil cell and molecular dynamic simulations to investigate the behavior of phononic excitations in liquid Ar. The spectra calculated using molecular dynamics were found to be in a good agreement with the experimental data. Furthermore, we observe that, upon temperature increases, a low-frequency transverse phononic gap emerges while high-frequency propagating modes become evanescent at the THz scale. The effect of strong localization of a longitudinal phononic mode in the supercritical phase is observed for the first time. The evidence for the high-frequency transverse phononic gap due to themore » transition from an oscillatory to a ballistic dynamic regimes of motion is presented and supported by molecular dynamics simulations. This transition takes place across the Frenkel line thermodynamic limit which demarcates compressed liquid and non-compressed fluid domains on the phase diagram and is supported by calculations within the Green-Kubo phenomenological formalism. These results are crucial to advance the development of novel terahertz thermal devices, phononic lenses, mirrors, and other THz metamaterials.« less

  13. Shape coexistence at low spin in the Z = 50 region and its spectroscopic signatures

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    Garrett, P. E.

    2016-08-01

    Nuclei in the Z = 50 region provide excellent examples of shape coexistence, the establishment of which occurred through the use of detailed spectroscopy, based not only on γ-ray spectroscopy but also conversion electron, particle transfer, Coulomb excitation, and lifetime measurements. The evidence to date strongly suggests that the presence of coexisting shapes arises from the promotion of protons across the Z = 50 closed shell and the strong correlations arising from interplay of the pairing and quadrupole interactions. The evidence for the presence of shape coexistence in the Z = 50 region, at low spin and low excitation energies, will be presented and clues for the microscopic origin explored.

  14. Optical phonon modes in ordered core-shell CdSe/CdS nanorod arrays

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    Giugni, Andrea; Das, Gobind; Alabastri, Alessandro; Zaccaria, Remo Proietti; Zanella, Marco; Franchini, Isabella; di Fabrizio, Enzo; Krahne, Roman

    2012-03-01

    We investigate the optical phonons in “dot-in-a-rod” core-shell CdSe/CdS nanorods at wavelengths resonant with the optical transitions either in the core or in the shell. At a wavelength above the CdS band gap, only CdS phonon modes were detected. In contrast, at excitation in resonance with the core transitions, we observed phonon modes of both the CdSe core and the CdS shell. In laterally ordered nanorod assemblies, the CdS longitudinal-optical phonon mode manifested a low-energy shoulder that could be related to higher-order longitudinal-optical phonon modes. Furthermore, we report on surface-optical modes that originate from the tracklike superstructure of the nanorod assemblies.

  15. Inelastic x-ray scattering measurements of phonon dynamics in URu2Si2

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    Gardner, D. R.; Bonnoit, C. J.; Chisnell, R.; Said, A. H.; Leu, B. M.; Williams, Travis J.; Luke, G. M.; Lee, Y. S.

    2016-02-11

    In this paper, we study high-resolution inelastic x-ray scattering measurements of the acoustic phonons of URu2Si2. At all temperatures, the longitudinal acoustic phonon linewidths are anomalously broad at small wave vectors revealing a previously unknown anharmonicity. The phonon modes do not change significantly upon cooling into the hidden order phase. In addition, our data suggest that the increase in thermal conductivity in the hidden order phase cannot be driven by a change in phonon dispersions or lifetimes. Hence, the phonon contribution to the thermal conductivity is likely much less significant compared to that of the magnetic excitations in the lowmore » temperature phase.« less

  16. Optical-phonon-mediated photocurrent in terahertz quantum-well photodetectors

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    Gu, L. L.; Guo, X. G. Fu, Z. L.; Wan, W. J.; Zhang, R.; Tan, Z. Y.; Cao, J. C.

    2015-03-16

    Strong and sharp photocurrent peak at longitudinal optical (LO) phonon frequency (8.87 THz) is found in GaAs/(Al,Ga)As terahertz quantum-well photodetectors (QWPs). Two mesa-structure terahertz QWPs with and without one-dimensional metal grating are fabricated to investigate the behavior of such photoresponse peak. The experimental and simulation results indicate that the photocurrent peak originates from a two-step process. First, at the LO phonon frequency, a large number of non-equilibrium LO phonons are excited by the incident electromagnetic field, and the electromagnetic energy is localized and enhanced in the thin multi-quantum-well layer. Second, through the Frohlich interaction, the localized electrons are excited to continuum states by absorbing the non-equilibrium LO phonons, which leads to the strong photoresponse peak. This finding is useful for exploring strong light-matter interaction and realizing high sensitive terahertz photodetectors.

  17. Heat Transport in Spin Chains with Weak Spin-Phonon Coupling.

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    Chernyshev, A L; Rozhkov, A V

    2016-01-01

    The heat transport in a system of S=1/2 large-J Heisenberg spin chains, describing closely Sr(2)CuO(3) and SrCuO(2) cuprates, is studied theoretically at T≪J by considering interactions of the bosonized spin excitations with optical phonons and defects. Treating rigorously the multiboson processes, we derive a microscopic spin-phonon scattering rate that adheres to an intuitive picture of phonons acting as thermally populated defects for the fast spin excitations. The mean-free path of the latter exhibits a distinctive T dependence reflecting a critical nature of spin chains and gives a close description of experiments. By the naturalness criterion of realistically small spin-phonon interaction, our approach stands out from previous considerations that require large coupling constants to explain the data and thus imply a spin-Peierls transition, absent in real materials. PMID:26799043

  18. Probing phonons in plutonium

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    Wong, Joe; Krisch, M.; Farber, D.; Occelli, F.; Schwartz, A.; Chiang, T.C.; Wall, M.; Boro, C.; Xu, Ruqing

    2010-11-16

    Plutonium (Pu) is well known to have complex and unique physico-chemical properties. Notably, the pure metal exhibits six solid-state phase transformations with large volume expansions and contractions along the way to the liquid state: {alpha} {yields} {beta} {yields} {gamma} {yields} {delta} {yields} {delta}{prime} {yields} {var_epsilon} {yields} liquid. Unalloyed Pu melts at a relatively low temperature {approx}640 C to yield a higher density liquid than that of the solid from which it melts, (Figure 1). Detailed understanding of the properties of plutonium and plutonium-based alloys is critical for the safe handling, utilization, and long-term storage of these important, but highly toxic materials. However, both technical and and safety issues have made experimental observations extremely difficult. Phonon dispersion curves (PDCs) are key experimenta l data to the understanding of the basic properties of Pu materials such as: force constants, sound velocities, elastic constants, thermodynamics, phase stability, electron-phonon coupling, structural relaxation, etc. However, phonon dispersion curves (PDCs) in plutonium (Pu) and its alloys have defied measurement for the past few decades since the discovery of this element in 1941. This is due to a combination of the high thermal-neutron absorption cross section of plutonium and the inability to grow the large single crystals (with dimensions of a few millimeters) necessary for inelastic neutron scattering. Theoretical simulations of the Pu PDC continue to be hampered by the lack of suitable inter -atomic potentials. Thus, until recently the PDCs for Pu and its alloys have remained unknown experimentally and theoretically. The experimental limitations have recently been overcome by using a tightly focused undulator x-ray micro-beam scattered from single -grain domains in polycrystalline specimens. This experimental approach has been applied successfully to map the complete PDCs of an fcc d-Pu-Ga alloy using the

  19. Resonant raman scattering and dispersion of polar optical and acoustic phonons in hexagonal inn

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    Davydov, V. Yu. Klochikhin, A. A.; Smirnov, A. N.; Strashkova, I. Yu.; Krylov, A. S.; Lu Hai; Schaff, William J.; Lee, H.-M.; Hong, Y.-L.; Gwo, S.

    2010-02-15

    It is shown that a study of the dependence of impurity-related resonant first-order Raman scattering on the frequency of excitation light makes it possible to observe the dispersion of polar optical and acoustic branches of vibrational spectrum in hexagonal InN within a wide range of wave vectors. It is established that the wave vectors of excited phonons are uniquely related to the energy of excitation photon. Frequencies of longitudinal optical phonons E{sub 1}(LO) and A{sub 1}(LO) in hexagonal InN were measured in the range of excitation-photon energies from 2.81 to 1.17 eV and the frequencies of longitudinal acoustic phonons were measured in the range 2.81-1.83 eV of excitation-photon energies. The obtained dependences made it possible to extrapolate the dispersion of phonons A{sub 1}(LO) and E{sub 1}(LO) to as far as the point {Gamma} in the Brillouin zone and estimate the center-band energies of these phonons (these energies have not been uniquely determined so far).

  20. Phonon dispersion in thalous halides

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    Kushwaha, Manvir S.

    1984-07-01

    The phonon dispersion relations, phonon density of states, g( v), and Debye-characteristic temperature, θ D, of TlCl and TlBr have been studied. The theoretical model adopted for this purpose is a 9-parameter bond-bending force model (BBFM) which was recently developed and successfully applied to study the crystal dynamics of CsCl-structure crystals. The theoretical results compare well with the available measurements for phonon dispersion in the high symmetry directions. The discrepancy between calculated and experimental values of θ D, particularly at higher temperatures, is reasonably attributed to the predominating anharmonic effects. The values of the compressibilities (χ), calculated using the Brout sum rule, are in a reasonably good agreement with the existing observed values. A critical-point-phonon analysis has also been performed to interpret the observed infrared (IR) and Raman peaks.

  1. Quantifying energy transfer in semiconductor nanocrystals using coherent phonon manipulation and ultrafast spectroscopy (Presentation Recording)

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    Spann, Bryan T.; Xu, Xianfan

    2015-10-01

    One potential way to increase photovoltaic efficiency is to take advantage of hot-carriers. Nanocrystal based solar cells aim to take advantage of hot-carrier capture to boost device performance. The crucial parameter for gauging a given nanocrystal material for this application is the electron-phonon coupling. The electron-phonon coupling will dictate the thermalization time of hot-carriers. In this study we demonstrate a method of quantifying the electron-phonon coupling in semiconductor nanocrystals. By employing ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy with temporal pulse shaping, we manipulate coherent phonons in CdTe_{1-x}Se_{x} nanocrystals to quantify the efficiency of the electron-phonon coupling. The Raman active longitudinal optical phonon (LO) modes were excited and probed as a function of time. Using a temporal pulse shaper, we were able to control pump pulse pairs to coherently excite and cancel coherent phonons in the CdTe_{1-x}Se_{x} nanocrystals, and estimate the relative amount of optical energy that is coupled to the coherent CdSe LO mode which is the dominant thermalization pathway for the hot-electrons in this system.

  2. Transient thermal and nonthermal electron and phonon relaxation after short-pulsed laser heating of metals

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    Giri, Ashutosh; Hopkins, Patrick E.

    2015-12-07

    Several dynamic thermal and nonthermal scattering processes affect ultrafast heat transfer in metals after short-pulsed laser heating. Even with decades of measurements of electron-phonon relaxation, the role of thermal vs. nonthermal electron and phonon scattering on overall electron energy transfer to the phonons remains unclear. In this work, we derive an analytical expression for the electron-phonon coupling factor in a metal that includes contributions from equilibrium and nonequilibrium distributions of electrons. While the contribution from the nonthermal electrons to electron-phonon coupling is non-negligible, the increase in the electron relaxation rates with increasing laser fluence measured by thermoreflectance techniques cannot be accounted for by only considering electron-phonon relaxations. We conclude that electron-electron scattering along with electron-phonon scattering have to be considered simultaneously to correctly predict the transient nature of electron relaxation during and after short-pulsed heating of metals at elevated electron temperatures. Furthermore, for high electron temperature perturbations achieved at high absorbed laser fluences, we show good agreement between our model, which accounts for d-band excitations, and previous experimental data. Our model can be extended to other free electron metals with the knowledge of the density of states of electrons in the metals and considering electronic excitations from non-Fermi surface states.

  3. Coherent phonons in a doped GaAs/AlAs superlattice

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    Beardsley, R. P.; Walker, P. M.; Kent, A. J.; Henini, M.

    2007-12-01

    In this paper we report the excitation and detection of coherent zone-folded longitudinal phonons in a n-doped AlAs/GaAs superlattice using femtosecond pump-probe measurements. Oscillations in the probe reflectance were observed at a frequency of about 440 GHz, which is the frequency of the first mini-zone centre phonon mode. By applying an electrical bias across the superlattice, the intensity of the oscillations was increased when the energy drop per period of the superlattice was approximately equal to the energy of the first mini-zone centre mode. We attribute this observation to phonon amplification occurring in the superlattice.

  4. Phonon dynamics of neptunium chalcogenides

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    Aynyas, Mahendra; Rukmangad, Aditi; Arya, Balwant S.; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2012-06-01

    We have performed phonon calculations of Neptunium Chalcogenides (NpX) (X= S, Se, Te) based on breathing shell model (BSM) which includes breathing motion of electron of the Np-atoms due to f-d hybridization. The model predicts that the short range breathing phenomenon play a dominant role in the phonon properties. We also report, for the first time specific heat for these compounds.

  5. Hong-Ou-Mandel interference of two phonons in trapped ions

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    Toyoda, Kenji; Hiji, Ryoto; Noguchi, Atsushi; Urabe, Shinji

    2015-11-01

    The quantum statistics of bosons and fermions manifest themselves in the manner in which two indistinguishable particles interfere quantum mechanically. When two photons, which are bosonic particles, enter a beam-splitter with one photon in each input port, they bunch together at either of the two output ports. The corresponding disappearance of the coincidence count is the Hong-Ou-Mandel effect. Here we show the phonon counterpart of this effect in a system of trapped-ion phonons, which are collective excitations derived by quantizing vibrational motions that obey Bose-Einstein statistics. We realize a beam-splitter transformation of the phonons by employing the mutual Coulomb repulsion between ions, and perform a two-phonon quantum interference experiment using that transformation. We observe an almost perfect disappearance of the phonon coincidence between two ion sites, confirming that phonons can be considered indistinguishable bosonic particles. The two-particle interference demonstrated here is purely a quantum effect, without a classical counterpart, hence it should be possible to demonstrate the existence of entanglement on this basis. We attempt to generate an entangled state of phonons at the centre of the Hong-Ou-Mandel dip in the coincidence temporal profile, under the assumption that the entangled phonon state is successfully generated if the fidelity of the analysis pulses is taken into account adequately. Two-phonon interference, as demonstrated here, proves the bosonic nature of phonons in a trapped-ion system. It opens the way to establishing phonon modes as carriers of quantum information in their own right, and could have implications for the quantum simulation of bosonic particles and analogue quantum computation via boson sampling.

  6. Collective hypersonic excitations in strongly multiple scattering colloids.

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    Still, T; Gantzounis, G; Kiefer, D; Hellmann, G; Sainidou, R; Fytas, G; Stefanou, N

    2011-04-29

    Unprecedented low-dispersion high-frequency acoustic excitations are observed in dense suspensions of elastically hard colloids. The experimental phononic band structure for SiO(2) particles with different sizes and volume fractions is well represented by rigorous full-elastodynamic multiple-scattering calculations. The slow phonons, which do not relate to particle resonances, are localized in the surrounding liquid medium and stem from coherent multiple scattering that becomes strong in the close-packing regime. Such rich phonon-matter interactions in nanostructures, being still unexplored, can open new opportunities in phononics. PMID:21635048

  7. Revealing the mechanism of passive transport in lipid bilayers via phonon-mediated nanometre-scale density fluctuations

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    Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Bolmatov, Dima; Soloviov, Dmitry; Zhernenkov, Kirill; Toperverg, Boris P.; Cunsolo, Alessandro; Bosak, Alexey; Cai, Yong Q.

    2016-01-01

    The passive transport of molecules through a cell membrane relies on thermal motions of the lipids. However, the nature of transmembrane transport and the precise mechanism remain elusive and call for a comprehensive study of phonon excitations. Here we report a high resolution inelastic X-ray scattering study of the in-plane phonon excitations in 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine above and below the main transition temperature. In the gel phase, for the first time, we observe low-frequency transverse modes, which exhibit a phonon gap when the lipid transitions into the fluid phase. We argue that the phonon gap signifies the formation of short-lived nanometre-scale lipid clusters and transient pores, which facilitate the passive molecular transport across the bilayer plane. Our findings suggest that the phononic motion of the hydrocarbon tails provides an effective mechanism of passive transport, and illustrate the importance of the collective dynamics of biomembranes. PMID:27175859

  8. Revealing the mechanism of passive transport in lipid bilayers via phonon-mediated nanometre-scale density fluctuations

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    Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Bolmatov, Dima; Soloviov, Dmitry; Zhernenkov, Kirill; Toperverg, Boris P.; Cunsolo, Alessandro; Bosak, Alexey; Cai, Yong Q.

    2016-05-01

    The passive transport of molecules through a cell membrane relies on thermal motions of the lipids. However, the nature of transmembrane transport and the precise mechanism remain elusive and call for a comprehensive study of phonon excitations. Here we report a high resolution inelastic X-ray scattering study of the in-plane phonon excitations in 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine above and below the main transition temperature. In the gel phase, for the first time, we observe low-frequency transverse modes, which exhibit a phonon gap when the lipid transitions into the fluid phase. We argue that the phonon gap signifies the formation of short-lived nanometre-scale lipid clusters and transient pores, which facilitate the passive molecular transport across the bilayer plane. Our findings suggest that the phononic motion of the hydrocarbon tails provides an effective mechanism of passive transport, and illustrate the importance of the collective dynamics of biomembranes.

  9. Revealing the mechanism of passive transport in lipid bilayers via phonon-mediated nanometre-scale density fluctuations.

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    Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Bolmatov, Dima; Soloviov, Dmitry; Zhernenkov, Kirill; Toperverg, Boris P; Cunsolo, Alessandro; Bosak, Alexey; Cai, Yong Q

    2016-01-01

    The passive transport of molecules through a cell membrane relies on thermal motions of the lipids. However, the nature of transmembrane transport and the precise mechanism remain elusive and call for a comprehensive study of phonon excitations. Here we report a high resolution inelastic X-ray scattering study of the in-plane phonon excitations in 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine above and below the main transition temperature. In the gel phase, for the first time, we observe low-frequency transverse modes, which exhibit a phonon gap when the lipid transitions into the fluid phase. We argue that the phonon gap signifies the formation of short-lived nanometre-scale lipid clusters and transient pores, which facilitate the passive molecular transport across the bilayer plane. Our findings suggest that the phononic motion of the hydrocarbon tails provides an effective mechanism of passive transport, and illustrate the importance of the collective dynamics of biomembranes. PMID:27175859

  10. Unified phonon-based approach to the thermodynamics of solid, liquid and gas states

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    Bolmatov, Dima; Zav'yalov, Dmitry; Zhernenkov, Mikhail; Musaev, Edvard T.; Cai, Yong Q.

    2015-12-01

    We introduce a unified approach to states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) and describe the thermodynamics of the pressure-temperature phase diagram in terms of phonon excitations. We derive the effective Hamiltonian with low-energy cutoff in two transverse phonon polarizations (phononic band gaps) by breaking the symmetry in phonon interactions. Further, we construct the statistical mechanics of states of aggregation employing the Debye approximation. The introduced formalism covers the Debye theory of solids, the phonon theory of liquids, and thermodynamic limits such as the Dulong-Petit thermodynamic limit (cV = 3kB), the ideal gas limit (cV =3/2 kB) and the new thermodynamic limit (cV = 2kB), dubbed here the Frenkel line thermodynamic limit. We discuss the phonon propagation and localization effects in liquids above and below the Frenkel line, and explain the "fast sound" phenomenon. As a test for our theory we calculate velocity-velocity autocorrelation and pair distribution functions within the Green-Kubo formalism. We show the consistency between dynamics of phonons and pair correlations in the framework of the unified approach. New directions towards advancements in phononic band gaps engineering, hypersound manipulation technologies and exploration of exotic behaviour of fluids relevant to geo- and planetary sciences are discussed. The presented results are equally important both for practical implications and for fundamental research.

  11. Phonon anomalies in some iron telluride materials

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    C. C. Homes; Dai, Y. M.; Schneeloch, J.; Zhong, R. D.; Gu, G. D.

    2016-03-21

    In this paper, the detailed temperature dependence of the infrared-active mode in Fe1.03Te (TN ≃ 68 K) and Fe1.13Te (TN ≃ 56 K) has been examined, and the position, width, strength, and asymmetry parameter have been determined using an asymmetric Fano profile superimposed on an electronic background. In both materials the frequency of the mode increases as the temperature is reduced; however, there is also a slight asymmetry in the line shape, indicating that the mode is coupled to either spin or charge excitations. Below TN there is an anomalous decrease in frequency, and the mode shows little temperature dependence,more » at the same time becoming more symmetric, suggesting a reduction in spin- or electron-phonon coupling. The frequency of the infrared-active mode and the magnitude of the shift below TN are predicted reasonably well by first-principles calculations; however, the predicted splitting of the mode is not observed. In superconducting FeTe0.55Se0.45 (Tc ≃ 14 K) the infrared-active Eu mode displays asymmetric line shape at all temperatures, which is most pronounced between 100 – 200 K, indicating the presence of either spin- or electron-phonon coupling, which may be a necessary prerequisite for superconductivity in this class of materials.« less

  12. Phonon-assisted nonlinear optical processes in ultrashort-pulse pumped optical parametric amplifiers

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    Isaienko, Oleksandr; Robel, István

    2016-03-01

    Optically active phonon modes in ferroelectrics such as potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) and potassium titanyl arsenate (KTA) in the ~7–20 THz range play an important role in applications of these materials in Raman lasing and terahertz wave generation. Previous studies with picosecond pulse excitation demonstrated that the interaction of pump pulses with phonons can lead to efficient stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) accompanying optical parametric oscillation or amplification processes (OPO/OPA), and to efficient polariton-phonon scattering. In this work, we investigate the behavior of infrared OPAs employing KTP or KTA crystals when pumped with ~800-nm ultrashort pulses of duration comparable to the oscillation period of the optical phonons. We demonstrate that under conditions of coherent impulsive Raman excitation of the phonons, when the effective χ(2) nonlinearity cannot be considered instantaneous, the parametrically amplified waves (most notably, signal) undergo significant spectral modulations leading to an overall redshift of the OPA output. The pump intensity dependence of the redshifted OPA output, the temporal evolution of the parametric gain, as well as the pump spectral modulations suggest the presence of coupling between the nonlinear optical polarizations PNL of the impulsively excited phonons and those of parametrically amplified waves.

  13. Phonon-assisted nonlinear optical processes in ultrashort-pulse pumped optical parametric amplifiers

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    Isaienko, Oleksandr; Robel, István

    2016-01-01

    Optically active phonon modes in ferroelectrics such as potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) and potassium titanyl arsenate (KTA) in the ~7–20 THz range play an important role in applications of these materials in Raman lasing and terahertz wave generation. Previous studies with picosecond pulse excitation demonstrated that the interaction of pump pulses with phonons can lead to efficient stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) accompanying optical parametric oscillation or amplification processes (OPO/OPA), and to efficient polariton-phonon scattering. In this work, we investigate the behavior of infrared OPAs employing KTP or KTA crystals when pumped with ~800-nm ultrashort pulses of duration comparable to the oscillation period of the optical phonons. We demonstrate that under conditions of coherent impulsive Raman excitation of the phonons, when the effective χ(2) nonlinearity cannot be considered instantaneous, the parametrically amplified waves (most notably, signal) undergo significant spectral modulations leading to an overall redshift of the OPA output. The pump intensity dependence of the redshifted OPA output, the temporal evolution of the parametric gain, as well as the pump spectral modulations suggest the presence of coupling between the nonlinear optical polarizations PNL of the impulsively excited phonons and those of parametrically amplified waves. PMID:26975881

  14. Phonon-assisted nonlinear optical processes in ultrashort-pulse pumped optical parametric amplifiers

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    Isaienko, Oleksandr; Robel, Istvan

    2016-03-15

    Optically active phonon modes in ferroelectrics such as potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) and potassium titanyl arsenate (KTA) in the ~7–20 THz range play an important role in applications of these materials in Raman lasing and terahertz wave generation. Previous studies with picosecond pulse excitation demonstrated that the interaction of pump pulses with phonons can lead to efficient stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) accompanying optical parametric oscillation or amplification processes (OPO/OPA), and to efficient polariton-phonon scattering. In this work, we investigate the behavior of infrared OPAs employing KTP or KTA crystals when pumped with ~800-nm ultrashort pulses of duration comparable to themore » oscillation period of the optical phonons. We demonstrate that under conditions of coherent impulsive Raman excitation of the phonons, when the effective χ(2) nonlinearity cannot be considered instantaneous, the parametrically amplified waves (most notably, signal) undergo significant spectral modulations leading to an overall redshift of the OPA output. Furthermore, the pump intensity dependence of the redshifted OPA output, the temporal evolution of the parametric gain, as well as the pump spectral modulations suggest the presence of coupling between the nonlinear optical polarizations PNL of the impulsively excited phonons and those of parametrically amplified waves.« less

  15. Phonon-assisted nonlinear optical processes in ultrashort-pulse pumped optical parametric amplifiers.

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    Isaienko, Oleksandr; Robel, István

    2016-01-01

    Optically active phonon modes in ferroelectrics such as potassium titanyl phosphate (KTP) and potassium titanyl arsenate (KTA) in the ~7-20 THz range play an important role in applications of these materials in Raman lasing and terahertz wave generation. Previous studies with picosecond pulse excitation demonstrated that the interaction of pump pulses with phonons can lead to efficient stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) accompanying optical parametric oscillation or amplification processes (OPO/OPA), and to efficient polariton-phonon scattering. In this work, we investigate the behavior of infrared OPAs employing KTP or KTA crystals when pumped with ~800-nm ultrashort pulses of duration comparable to the oscillation period of the optical phonons. We demonstrate that under conditions of coherent impulsive Raman excitation of the phonons, when the effective χ((2)) nonlinearity cannot be considered instantaneous, the parametrically amplified waves (most notably, signal) undergo significant spectral modulations leading to an overall redshift of the OPA output. The pump intensity dependence of the redshifted OPA output, the temporal evolution of the parametric gain, as well as the pump spectral modulations suggest the presence of coupling between the nonlinear optical polarizations P(NL) of the impulsively excited phonons and those of parametrically amplified waves. PMID:26975881

  16. Surface phonon polaritons on anisotropic piezoelectric superlattices

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    Chao, Yuanxi; Sheng, Jiteng; Sedlacek, Jonathon A.; Shaffer, James P.

    2016-01-01

    A theoretical study of surface phonon polaritons (SPhPs) on periodically poled lithium niobate and periodically poled lithium tantalate surfaces is presented. We calculate the dielectric response for six different superlattice orientations and the associated SPhP dispersion relations. Our study of SPhPs accounts for the anisotropic nature of the dielectric response of the semi-infinite piezoelectric superlattices. We find that two different types of SPhPs can be supported. The first type consists of real surface dipole oscillations coupled to photons. The second type consists of virtual surface dipole oscillations driven by the incident photons. The dependence of the SPhPs on temperature and superlattice geometry is addressed. The use of these metamaterial excitations is discussed in the context of hybrid quantum systems.

  17. Phonon assisted IR spectroscopy of quantum antiferromagnets

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    Lorenzana, J.; Eder, R.; Sawatzky, G.A.

    1996-12-31

    The authors review resent theoretical results for multimagnon-phonon assisted infrared absorption in antiferromagnetic Heisenberg systems. They show spin wave theory line shapes for 2D spin 1/2 systems (like the parent insulating high-Tc cuprates) 1D spin 1/2 systems and 2D spin 1 systems (like the nickelates) and exact diagonalization results in two-dimensional spin 1/2 systems. The theoretical line shapes are compared with experiments. In the case of the cuprates they explain mid-infrared peaks observed in the insulator. In the case of the nickelates a predicted line shape is also shown to agree with the experiments. They discuss the possibility to observe this excitations in other experiments.

  18. Propagation of large-wavevector acoustic phonons new perspectives from phonon imaging

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    Wolfe, James P.

    Within the last decade a number of attempts have been made to observe the ballistic propagation of large wavevector acoustic phonons in crystals at low temperatures. Time-of-flight heat-pulse methods have difficulty in distinguishing between scattered phonons and ballistic phonons which travel dispersively at subsonic velocities. Fortunately, ballistic phonons can be identified by their highly anisotropic flux, which is observed by phonon imaging techniques. In this paper, several types of phonon imaging experiments are described which reveal the dispersive propagation of large-wavevector phonons and expose interesting details of the phonon scattering processes.

  19. Early-stage relaxation of electrons by phonon emission.

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    Castella, Hervé; Kuznetsov, A. V.; Wilkins, J. W.

    1998-03-01

    Pump-probe experiments give insight into the relaxation of electrons during the first femtoseconds after the optical excitation. A theoretical description of this early-time regime requires a proper treatment of retardation effects for the different scattering processes. The scattering of electrons by optical phonons is investigated within the S-matrix formalism.(A. V. Kuznetsov, Ann. Phys. 258), 157 (1997) This perturbative scheme is directly compared to the non-equilibrium Green's function technique of Kadanoff and Baym. The scheme is used to numerically compute both the interband polarization and the momentum distribution function for a bulk semiconductor excited by a short laser pulse.

  20. Phonon Josephson junction with nanomechanical resonators

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    Barzanjeh, Shabir; Vitali, David

    2016-03-01

    We study coherent phonon oscillations and tunneling between two coupled nonlinear nanomechanical resonators. We show that the coupling between two nanomechanical resonators creates an effective phonon Josephson junction, which exhibits two different dynamical behaviors: Josephson oscillation (phonon-Rabi oscillation) and macroscopic self-trapping (phonon blockade). Self-trapping originates from mechanical nonlinearities, meaning that when the nonlinearity exceeds its critical value, the energy exchange between the two resonators is suppressed, and phonon Josephson oscillations between them are completely blocked. An effective classical Hamiltonian for the phonon Josephson junction is derived and its mean-field dynamics is studied in phase space. Finally, we study the phonon-phonon coherence quantified by the mean fringe visibility, and show that the interaction between the two resonators may lead to the loss of coherence in the phononic junction.

  1. p -State Luminescence in CdSe Nanoplatelets: Role of Lateral Confinement and a Longitudinal Optical Phonon Bottleneck

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    Achtstein, Alexander W.; Scott, Riccardo; Kickhöfel, Sebastian; Jagsch, Stefan T.; Christodoulou, Sotirios; Bertrand, Guillaume H. V.; Prudnikau, Anatol V.; Antanovich, Artsiom; Artemyev, Mikhail; Moreels, Iwan; Schliwa, Andrei; Woggon, Ulrike

    2016-03-01

    We evidence excited state emission from p states well below ground state saturation in CdSe nanoplatelets. Size-dependent exciton ground and excited state energies and population dynamics are determined by four independent methods: time-resolved PL, time-integrated PL, rate equation modeling, and Hartree renormalized k .p calculations—all in very good agreement. The ground state-excited state energy spacing strongly increases with the lateral platelet quantization. Depending on its detuning to the LO phonon energy, the PL decay of CdSe platelets is governed by a size tunable LO phonon bottleneck, related to the low exciton-phonon coupling, very large oscillator strength, and energy spacing of both states. This is, for instance, ideal to tune lasing properties. CdSe platelets are perfectly suited to control the exciton-phonon interaction by changing their lateral size while the optical transition energy is determined by their thickness.

  2. p-State Luminescence in CdSe Nanoplatelets: Role of Lateral Confinement and a Longitudinal Optical Phonon Bottleneck.

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    Achtstein, Alexander W; Scott, Riccardo; Kickhöfel, Sebastian; Jagsch, Stefan T; Christodoulou, Sotirios; Bertrand, Guillaume H V; Prudnikau, Anatol V; Antanovich, Artsiom; Artemyev, Mikhail; Moreels, Iwan; Schliwa, Andrei; Woggon, Ulrike

    2016-03-18

    We evidence excited state emission from p states well below ground state saturation in CdSe nanoplatelets. Size-dependent exciton ground and excited state energies and population dynamics are determined by four independent methods: time-resolved PL, time-integrated PL, rate equation modeling, and Hartree renormalized k·p calculations-all in very good agreement. The ground state-excited state energy spacing strongly increases with the lateral platelet quantization. Depending on its detuning to the LO phonon energy, the PL decay of CdSe platelets is governed by a size tunable LO phonon bottleneck, related to the low exciton-phonon coupling, very large oscillator strength, and energy spacing of both states. This is, for instance, ideal to tune lasing properties. CdSe platelets are perfectly suited to control the exciton-phonon interaction by changing their lateral size while the optical transition energy is determined by their thickness. PMID:27035317

  3. Electron-Phonon Coupling and Energy Flow in a Simple Metal beyond the Two-Temperature Approximation

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    Waldecker, Lutz; Bertoni, Roman; Ernstorfer, Ralph; Vorberger, Jan

    2016-04-01

    The electron-phonon coupling and the corresponding energy exchange are investigated experimentally and by ab initio theory in nonequilibrium states of the free-electron metal aluminium. The temporal evolution of the atomic mean-squared displacement in laser-excited thin freestanding films is monitored by femtosecond electron diffraction. The electron-phonon coupling strength is obtained for a range of electronic and lattice temperatures from density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations. The electron-phonon coupling parameter extracted from the experimental data in the framework of a two-temperature model (TTM) deviates significantly from the ab initio values. We introduce a nonthermal lattice model (NLM) for describing nonthermal phonon distributions as a sum of thermal distributions of the three phonon branches. The contributions of individual phonon branches to the electron-phonon coupling are considered independently and found to be dominated by longitudinal acoustic phonons. Using all material parameters from first-principles calculations except the phonon-phonon coupling strength, the prediction of the energy transfer from electrons to phonons by the NLM is in excellent agreement with time-resolved diffraction data. Our results suggest that the TTM is insufficient for describing the microscopic energy flow even for simple metals like aluminium and that the determination of the electron-phonon coupling constant from time-resolved experiments by means of the TTM leads to incorrect values. In contrast, the NLM describing transient phonon populations by three parameters appears to be a sufficient model for quantitatively describing electron-lattice equilibration in aluminium. We discuss the general applicability of the NLM and provide a criterion for the suitability of the two-temperature approximation for other metals.

  4. Laser cooling and control of excitations in superfluid helium

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    Harris, G. I.; McAuslan, D. L.; Sheridan, E.; Sachkou, Y.; Baker, C.; Bowen, W. P.

    2016-08-01

    Superfluidity is a quantum state of matter that exists macroscopically in helium at low temperatures. The elementary excitations in superfluid helium have been probed with great success using techniques such as neutron and light scattering. However, measurements of phonon excitations have so far been limited to average thermodynamic properties or the driven response far out of thermal equilibrium. Here, we use cavity optomechanics to probe the thermodynamics of phonon excitations in real time. Furthermore, strong light-matter interactions allow both laser cooling and amplification. This represents a new tool to observe and control superfluid excitations that may provide insight into phonon-phonon interactions, quantized vortices and two-dimensional phenomena such as the Berezinskii-Kosterlitz-Thouless transition. The third sound modes studied here also offer a pathway towards quantum optomechanics with thin superfluid films, including the prospect of femtogram masses, high mechanical quality factors, strong phonon-phonon and phonon-vortex interactions, and self-assembly into complex geometries with sub-nanometre feature size.

  5. Shape coexistence in the microscopically guided interacting boson model

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    Nomura, K.; Otsuka, T.; Van Isacker, P.

    2016-02-01

    Shape coexistence has been a subject of great interest in nuclear physics for many decades. In the context of the nuclear shell model, intruder excitations may give rise to remarkably low-lying excited {0}+ states associated with different intrinsic shapes. In heavy open-shell nuclei, the dimension of the shell-model configuration space that includes such intruder excitations becomes exceedingly large, thus requiring a drastic truncation scheme. Such a framework has been provided by the interacting boson model (IBM). In this article we address the phenomenon of shape coexistence and its relevant spectroscopy from the point of view of the IBM. A special focus is placed on the method developed recently which makes use of the link between the IBM and the self-consistent mean-field approach based on the nuclear energy density functional. The method is extended to deal with various intruder configurations associated with different equilibrium shapes. We assess the predictive power of the method and suggest possible improvements and extensions, by considering illustrative examples in the neutron-deficient Pb region, where shape coexistence has been experimentally studied.

  6. Effects of electron-phonon interaction in metals

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    Yang, Xiaodong

    Phonons and electrons are two types of excitations which are responsible for many properties of condensed matter materials. The interaction between them plays an important role in condensed matter physics. In this thesis we present some theoretical investigations of the effects due to the interactions between phonons and electrons interactions. We show evidence that a structural martensitic transition is related to significant changes in the electronic structure, as revealed in thermodynamic measurements made in high magnetic fields. The effect of the magnetic field is considered unusual, as many influential investigations of martensitic transitions have emphasized that the structural transitions are primarily lattice dynamical and are driven by the entropy due to the phonons. We provide a theoretical frame-work which can be used to describe the effect of a magnetic field on the lattice dynamics in which the field dependence originates from the dielectric constant. The temperature-dependence of the phonon spectrum of alpha-uranium has recently been measured by Manley et al. using inelastic neutron scattering and x-ray scattering techniques. Although there is scant evidence of anharmonic interactions, the phonons were reported to show some softening of the optic modes at the zone boundary. The same group of authors later reported that an extra vibrational mode was observed to form at a temperature above 450 K. The existence of the proposed new mode is inconsistent with the usual theory of harmonic phonons, as applied to a structure composed of a monoclinic Bravais lattice with a two-atom basis. We investigate the effect that the f electron-phonon interaction has on the phonon spectrum and its role on the possible formation of a breathing mode of mixed electronic and phonon character. We examine the model by using Green's function techniques to obtain the phonon spectral density. Some materials undergo phase transitions from a high temperature state with periodic

  7. Optical phonons in PbTe/CdTe multilayer heterostructures

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    Novikova, N. N.; Yakovlev, V. A.; Kucherenko, I. V.; Karczewski, G.; Aleshchenko, Yu. A.; Muratov, A. V.; Zavaritskaya, T. N.; Melnik, N. N.

    2015-05-15

    The infrared reflection spectra of PbTe/CdTe multilayer nanostructures grown by molecular-beam epitaxy are measured in the frequency range of 20–5000 cm{sup −1} at room temperature. The thicknesses and high-frequency dielectric constants of the PbTe and CdTe layers and the frequencies of the transverse optical (TO) phonons in these structures are determined from dispersion analysis of the spectra. It is found that the samples under study are characterized by two TO phonon frequencies, equal to 28 and 47 cm{sup −1}. The first frequency is close to that of TO phonons in bulk PbTe, and the second is assigned to the optical mode in structurally distorted interface layers. The Raman-scattering spectra upon excitation with the radiation of an Ar{sup +} laser at 514.5 nm are measured at room and liquid-nitrogen temperatures. The weak line at 106 cm{sup −1} observed in these spectra is attributed to longitudinal optical phonons in the interface layers.

  8. Surface Phonon Dispersion of the Layered Transition-metal Oxides

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    Zhang, J.; Ismail; Matzdorf, R.; Plummer, E. W.; Kimura, T.; Tokura, Y.

    2000-03-01

    Transition-metal oxides exhibit strong coupling between the charge and spin of the electrons and the lattice. Creating a surface by cleaving a single crystal breaks the symmetry of the lattice and disturbs the correlated system without changing the stoichiometry, providing the opportunity to study the response of electronic, structural, and magnetic properties. We have utilized electron-energy loss sprectroscopy (EELS) to study the electronic and lattice excitations of the Sr_2RuO4 and La_0.5Sr_1.5MnO4 surfaces. For both of these materials there are many more than three modes; three dominate surface optical phonons with small dispersion and with higher energies compared to those in the bulk materials. However, these phonons show completely different temperature dependence for different samples. The surface phonons become soft for Sr_2RuO4 while they become stiff for La_0.5Sr_1.5MnO4 with increasing temparature. The change of phonon energy of La_0.5Sr_1.5MnO4 with temperature is also in opposite direction to that of (La, Ca)MnO_4( Zhang et al., Surf. Sci. 393, 64(1997) * LMER Corp. for U.S. DOE under contract No. DE-AC05-96OR22464). These behaviors will be discussed in terms of the electronic, magnetic, and structural properties.

  9. Phase coexistence in proton glass

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    Schmidt, V.H.; Trybula, Z.; Pinto, N.J.; Shapiro, S.M.

    1996-11-01

    Proton glasses are crystals of composition M{sub 1{minus}x}(NW{sub 4}){sub x}W{sub 2}AO{sub 4}, where M = K,Rb, W = H,D, A = P,As. For x = 0 there is a ferroelectric (FE) transition, while for x = 1 there is an antiferroelectric (AFE) transition. In both cases, the transition is from a paraelectric (PE) state of tetragonal structure with dynamically disordered hydrogen bonds to an ordered state of orthorhombic structure. For an intermediate x range there is no transition, but the hydrogen rearrangements slow down, and eventually display nonergodic behavior characteristic of glasses. The authors and other have shown from spontaneous polarization, dielectric permittivity, nuclear magnetic resonance, and neutron diffraction experiments that for smaller x there is coexistence of ferroelectric and paraelectric phases, and for larger x there is coexistence of antiferroelectric and paraelectric phases. The authors present a method for analytically describing this coexistence, and the degree to which this coexistence is spatial or temporal.

  10. Shape coexistence in atomic nuclei

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    Heyde, Kris; Wood, John L.

    2011-10-01

    Shape coexistence in nuclei appears to be unique in the realm of finite many-body quantum systems. It differs from the various geometrical arrangements that sometimes occur in a molecule in that in a molecule the various arrangements are of the widely separated atomic nuclei. In nuclei the various ''arrangements'' of nucleons involve (sets of) energy eigenstates with different electric quadrupole properties such as moments and transition rates, and different distributions of proton pairs and neutron pairs with respect to their Fermi energies. Sometimes two such structures will ''invert'' as a function of the nucleon number, resulting in a sudden and dramatic change in ground-state properties in neighboring isotopes and isotones. In the first part of this review the theoretical status of coexistence in nuclei is summarized. Two approaches, namely, microscopic shell-model descriptions and mean-field descriptions, are emphasized. The second part of this review presents systematic data, for both even- and odd-mass nuclei, selected to illustrate the various ways in which coexistence is observed in nuclei. The last part of this review looks to future developments and the issue of the universality of coexistence in nuclei. Surprises continue to be discovered. With the major advances in reaching to extremes of proton-neutron number, and the anticipated new ''rare isotope beam'' facilities, guidelines for search and discovery are discussed.

  11. Phonon-Induced Population Dynamics and Intersystem Crossing in Nitrogen-Vacancy Centers

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    Goldman, M. L.; Sipahigil, A.; Doherty, M. W.; Yao, N. Y.; Bennett, S. D.; Markham, M.; Twitchen, D. J.; Manson, N. B.; Kubanek, A.; Lukin, M. D.

    2015-04-01

    We report direct measurement of population dynamics in the excited state manifold of a nitrogen-vacancy (NV) center in diamond. We quantify the phonon-induced mixing rate and demonstrate that it can be completely suppressed at low temperatures. Further, we measure the intersystem crossing (ISC) rate for different excited states and develop a theoretical model that unifies the phonon-induced mixing and ISC mechanisms. We find that our model is in excellent agreement with experiment and that it can be used to predict unknown elements of the NV center's electronic structure. We discuss the model's implications for enhancing the NV center's performance as a room-temperature sensor.

  12. Directly Observing Squeezed Phonon States with Femtosecond X-Ray Diffraction

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    Johnson, S. L.; Beaud, P.; Vorobeva, E.; Ingold, G.; Milne, C. J.; Murray, E. D.; Fahy, S.

    2009-05-01

    Squeezed states are quantum states of a harmonic oscillator in which the variance of two conjugate variables each oscillate out of phase. Ultrafast optical excitation of crystals can create squeezed phonon states, where the variance of the atomic displacements oscillates due to a sudden change in the interatomic bonding strength. With femtosecond x-ray diffraction we measure squeezing oscillations in bismuth and conclude that they are consistent with a model in which electronic excitation softens all phonon modes by a constant scaling factor.

  13. Phonon-induced topological insulation

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    Saha, Kush; Garate, Ion

    2014-05-01

    We develop an approximate theory of phonon-induced topological insulation in Dirac materials. In the weak-coupling regime, long-wavelength phonons may favor topological phases in Dirac insulators with direct and narrow band gaps. This phenomenon originates from electron-phonon matrix elements, which change qualitatively under a band inversion. A similar mechanism applies to weak Coulomb interactions and spin-independent disorder; however, the influence of these on band topology is largely independent of temperature. As applications of the theory, we evaluate the temperature dependence of the critical thickness and the critical stoichiometric ratio for the topological transition in CdTe/HgTe quantum wells and in BiTl(S1-δSeδ)2, respectively.

  14. Phonon Mapping in Flowing Equilibrium

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    Ruff, J. P. C.

    2015-03-01

    When a material conducts heat, a modification of the phonon population occurs. The equilibrium Bose-Einstein distribution is perturbed towards flowing-equilibrium, for which the distribution function is not analytically known. Here I argue that the altered phonon population can be efficiently mapped over broad regions of reciprocal space, via diffuse x-ray scattering or time-of-flight neutron scattering, while a thermal gradient is applied across a single crystal sample. When compared to traditional transport measurements, this technique offers a superior, information-rich new perspective on lattice thermal conductivity, wherein the band and momentum dependences of the phonon thermal current are directly resolved. The proposed method is benchmarked using x-ray thermal diffuse scattering measurements of single crystal diamond under transport conditions. CHESS is supported by the NSF & NIH/NIGMS via NSF Award DMR-1332208.

  15. A wrinkly phononic crystal slab

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    Bayat, Alireza; Gordaninejad, Faramarz

    2015-03-01

    The buckling induced surface instability is employed to propose a tunable phononic crystal slab composed of a stiff thin film bonded on a soft elastomer. Wrinkles formation is used to generate one-dimensional periodic scatterers at the surface of a finitely thick slab. Wrinkles' pattern change and corresponding stress is employed to control wave propagation triggered by a compressive strain. Simulation results show that the periodic wrinkly structure can be used as a transformative phononic crystal which can switch band diagram of the structure in a reversible behavior. Results of this study provide opportunities for the smart design of tunable switch and elastic wave filters at ultrasonic and hypersonic frequency ranges.

  16. Phonon dynamics of americium telluride

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    Arya, B. S.; Aynyas, Mahendra; Ahirwar, Ashok K.; Sanyal, S. P.

    2013-06-01

    We report for the first time the complete phonon dispersion curves for Americium telluride (AmTe) using a breathing shell models (BSM) to establish their predominant ionic nature. The results obtained in the present study show the general features of the phonon spectrum. We could not compare our results with the experimental measurements as they are not available so far. We emphasize the need of neutron scattering measurements to compare our results. We also report, for the first time specific heat for this compound.

  17. Energy exchange between phononic and electronic subsystems governing the nonlinear conduction in DCNQI2Cu

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    Huewe, Florian; Steeger, Alexander; Bauer, Irene; Doerrich, Steffen; Strohriegl, Peter; Pflaum, Jens

    2015-10-01

    We present a dynamical study on the nonlinear conduction behavior in the commensurate charge-density-wave phase of the quasi-one-dimensional conductor DCNQI2Cu below 75 K. We can accurately simulate magnitude and time dependence of the measured conductivity in response to large voltage pulses by accounting for the energy exchange between the phononic and electronic subsystems by means of an electrothermal model. Our simulations reveal a distinct nonequilibrium population of optical phonon states with an average energy of Eph¯=19 meV, being half the activation energy of about Δ Ea=39 meV observed in dc resistivity measurements. By inelastic scattering, this hot optical phonon bath generates additional charge-carrying excitations, thus providing a multiplication effect while energy transferred to the acoustic phonons is dissipated out of the system via heat conduction. Therefore, in high electric fields a preferred interaction of charge-carrying excitations with optical phonons compared to acoustic phonon modes is considered to be responsible for the nonlinear conduction effects observed in DCNQI2Cu .

  18. Nebulisation on a disposable array structured with phononic lattices.

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    Reboud, Julien; Wilson, Rab; Zhang, Yi; Ismail, Mohd H; Bourquin, Yannyk; Cooper, Jonathan M

    2012-04-01

    We demonstrate the use of a phononic crystal to enable the nebulisation of liquid droplets from low-cost disposable arrays, using surface acoustic waves (SAW). The SAWs were generated using interdigitated transducers (IDT) on a piezoelectric surface (LiNbO(3)) and the acoustic waves were coupled into a disposable phononic crystal structure, referred to as a superstrate. Using its excellent reflecting properties, the phononic structures confined the acoustic field within the superstrate, resulting in the concentration of the acoustic energy, in a manner controllable by the excitation frequency. We show that this capability mitigates against coupling losses incurred by the use of a disposable superstrate, greatly reducing the time needed to nebulise a drop of water with respect to an unstructured superstrate for a given power. We also demonstrate that by changing the excitation frequency, it is possible to change the spatial position at which the acoustic energy is concentrated, providing a means to specifically nebulise drops across an array. These results open up a promising future for the use of phonofluidics in high-throughput sample handling applications, such as drug delivery or the "soft" transfer of samples to a mass spectrometer in the field of proteomics. PMID:22327572

  19. Method for observing robust and tunable phonon blockade in a nanomechanical resonator coupled to a charge qubit

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    Wang, Xin; Miranowicz, Adam; Li, Hong-Rong; Nori, Franco

    2016-06-01

    Phonon blockade is a purely quantum phenomenon, analogous to Coulomb and photon blockades, in which a single phonon in an anharmonic mechanical resonator can impede the excitation of a second phonon. We propose an experimental method to realize phonon blockade in a driven harmonic nanomechanical resonator coupled to a qubit, where the coupling is proportional to the second-order nonlinear susceptibility χ(2 ). This is in contrast to the standard realizations of phonon and photon blockade effects in Kerr-type χ(3 ) nonlinear systems. The nonlinear coupling strength can be adjusted conveniently by changing the coherent drive field. As an example, we apply this model to predict and describe phonon blockade in a nanomechanical resonator coupled to a Cooper-pair box (i.e., a charge qubit) with a linear longitudinal coupling. By obtaining the solutions of the steady state for this composite system, we give the conditions for observing strong antibunching and sub-Poissonian phonon-number statistics in this induced second-order nonlinear system. Besides using the qubit to produce phonon blockade states, the qubit itself can also be employed to detect blockade effects by measuring its states. Numerical simulations indicate that the robustness of the phonon blockade, and the sensitivity of detecting it, will benefit from this strong induced nonlinear coupling.

  20. A study of non-equilibrium phonons in GaAs/AlAs quantum wells

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    Su, Zhenpeng

    1996-11-01

    In this thesis we have studied the non-equilibrium phonons in GaAs/AlAs quantum wells via Raman scattering. We have demonstrated experimentally that by taking into account the time-reversal symmetry relation between the Stokes and anti-Stokes Raman cross sections, one can successfully measure the non-equilibrium phonon occupancy in quantum wells. Using this technique, we have studied the subject of resonant intersubband scattering of optical phonons. We find that interface roughness plays an important role in resonant Raman scattering in quantum wells. The lateral size of the smooth regions in such interface is estimated to be of the order of 100 {Angstrom}. Through a study of photoluminescence of GaAs/AlAs quantum wells under high intensity laser excitation, we have found that band nonparabolicity has very little effect on the electron subband energies even for subbands as high as a few hundred meV above the lowest one. This finding may require additional theoretical study to understand its origin. We have also studied phonon confinement and propagation in quantum wells. We show that Raman scattering of non-equilibrium phonons in quantum wells can be a sensitive measure of the spatial extent of the longitudinal optical (LO) phonons. We deduce the coherence length of LO phonons in GaAs/Al{sub x}Ga{sub 1-x}As quantum wells as a function of the Al concentration x.

  1. Phonon-phonon interactions and phonon damping for the curvature modes in carbon nanotubes

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    Li, Guolong; Ren, Zhongzhou

    2016-01-01

    We focus on the damping of the lowest-lying gapped modes with integer angular-momentum quantum number |l|=2 in carbon nanotubes (CNTs). These modes, called C modes simply, can be predicted within the framework of the continuum elasticity theory with the curvature term. Based on the phonon-phonon interactions due to the anharmonic effect, we obtain the three-phonon coupling coefficients of different damping processes of C modes. Applying perturbation theory, we calculate relaxation rates τ_C-1 and upper bounds of quality factors for the long-wavelength C modes. In addition, we display the wave vector dependence of τC and show the importance of the C mode damping to thermal conductivity.

  2. Dynamic Onset of Feynman Relation in the Phonon Regime

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    Li, Y.; Zhu, C. J.; Hagley, E. W.; Deng, L.

    2016-05-01

    The Feynman relation, a much celebrated condensed matter physics gemstone for more than 70 years, predicts that the density excitation spectrum and structure factor of a condensed Bosonic system in the phonon regime drops linear and continuously to zero. Until now, this widely accepted monotonic excitation energy drop as the function of reduced quasi-momentum has never been challenged in a spin-preserving process. We show rigorously that in a light-matter wave-mixing process in a Bosonic quantum gas, an optical-dipole potential arising from the internally-generated field can profoundly alter the Feynman relation and result in a new dynamic relation that exhibits an astonishing non-Feynman-like onset and cut-off in the excitation spectrum of the ground state energy of spin-preserving processes. This is the first time that a nonlinear optical process is shown to actively and significantly alter the density excitation response of a quantum gas. Indeed, this dynamic relation with a non-Feynman onset and cut-off has no correspondence in either nonlinear optics of a normal gas or a phonon-based condensed matter Bogoliubov theory.

  3. Quantum confined electron-phonon interaction in silicon nanocrystals.

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    Sagar, D M; Atkin, Joanna M; Palomaki, Peter K B; Neale, Nathan R; Blackburn, Jeffrey L; Johnson, Justin C; Nozik, Arthur J; Raschke, Markus B; Beard, Matthew C

    2015-03-11

    We study the micro-Raman spectra of colloidal silicon nanocrystals as a function of size, excitation wavelength, and excitation intensity. We find that the longitudinal optical (LO) phonon spectrum is asymmetrically broadened toward the low energy side and exhibits a dip or antiresonance on the high-energy side, both characteristics of a Fano line shape. The broadening depends on both nanocrystal size and Raman excitation wavelength. We propose that the Fano line shape results from interference of the optical phonon response with a continuum of electronic states that become populated by intraband photoexcitation of carriers. The asymmetry exhibits progressive enhancement with decreasing particle size and with increasing excitation energy for a given particle size. We compare our observations with those reported for p- and n-doped bulk Si, where Fano interference has also been observed, but we find opposite wavelength dependence of the asymmetry for the bulk and nanocrystalline Si. Our results have important implications for potentially controlling carrier energy relaxation channels in strongly confined Si nanocrystals. PMID:25626139

  4. Dynamic Onset of Feynman Relation in the Phonon Regime

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    Li, Y.; Zhu, C. J.; Hagley, E. W.; Deng, L.

    2016-01-01

    The Feynman relation, a much celebrated condensed matter physics gemstone for more than 70 years, predicts that the density excitation spectrum and structure factor of a condensed Bosonic system in the phonon regime drops linear and continuously to zero. Until now, this widely accepted monotonic excitation energy drop as the function of reduced quasi-momentum has never been challenged in a spin-preserving process. We show rigorously that in a light-matter wave-mixing process in a Bosonic quantum gas, an optical-dipole potential arising from the internally-generated field can profoundly alter the Feynman relation and result in a new dynamic relation that exhibits an astonishing non-Feynman-like onset and cut-off in the excitation spectrum of the ground state energy of spin-preserving processes. This is the first time that a nonlinear optical process is shown to actively and significantly alter the density excitation response of a quantum gas. Indeed, this dynamic relation with a non-Feynman onset and cut-off has no correspondence in either nonlinear optics of a normal gas or a phonon-based condensed matter Bogoliubov theory. PMID:27157438

  5. Dynamic Onset of Feynman Relation in the Phonon Regime.

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    Li, Y; Zhu, C J; Hagley, E W; Deng, L

    2016-01-01

    The Feynman relation, a much celebrated condensed matter physics gemstone for more than 70 years, predicts that the density excitation spectrum and structure factor of a condensed Bosonic system in the phonon regime drops linear and continuously to zero. Until now, this widely accepted monotonic excitation energy drop as the function of reduced quasi-momentum has never been challenged in a spin-preserving process. We show rigorously that in a light-matter wave-mixing process in a Bosonic quantum gas, an optical-dipole potential arising from the internally-generated field can profoundly alter the Feynman relation and result in a new dynamic relation that exhibits an astonishing non-Feynman-like onset and cut-off in the excitation spectrum of the ground state energy of spin-preserving processes. This is the first time that a nonlinear optical process is shown to actively and significantly alter the density excitation response of a quantum gas. Indeed, this dynamic relation with a non-Feynman onset and cut-off has no correspondence in either nonlinear optics of a normal gas or a phonon-based condensed matter Bogoliubov theory. PMID:27157438

  6. Bloch wave deafness and modal conversion at a phononic crystal boundary

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    Laude, Vincent; Moiseyenko, Rayisa P.; Benchabane, Sarah; Declercq, Nico F.

    2011-12-01

    We investigate modal conversion at the boundary between a homogeneous incident medium and a phononic crystal, with consideration of the impact of symmetry on the excitation of Bloch waves. We give a quantitative criterion for the appearance of deaf Bloch waves, which are antisymmetric with respect to a symmetry axis of the phononic crystal, in the frame of generalized Fresnel formulas for reflection and transmission at the phononic crystal boundary. This criterion is used to index Bloch waves in the complex band structure of the phononic crystal, for directions of incidence along a symmetry axis. We argue that within deaf frequency ranges transmission is multi-exponential, as it is within frequency band gaps.

  7. Enhancement of phonon backscattering due to confinement of ballistic phonon pathways in silicon as studied with a microfabricated phonon spectrometer

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    Otelaja, O. O.; Robinson, R. D.

    2015-10-26

    In this work, the mechanism for enhanced phonon backscattering in silicon is investigated. An understanding of phonon propagation through substrates has implications for engineering heat flow at the nanoscale, for understanding sources of decoherence in quantum systems, and for realizing efficient phonon-mediated particle detectors. In these systems, phonons that backscatter from the bottom of substrates, within the crystal or from interfaces, often contribute to the overall detector signal. We utilize a microscale phonon spectrometer, comprising superconducting tunnel junction emitters and detectors, to specifically probe phonon backscattering in silicon substrates (∼500 μm thick). By etching phonon “enhancers” or deep trenches (∼90 μm) around the detectors, we show that the backscattered signal level increases by a factor of ∼2 for two enhancers versus one enhancer. Using a geometric analysis of the phonon pathways, we show that the mechanism of the backscattered phonon enhancement is due to confinement of the ballistic phonon pathways and increased scattering off the enhancer walls. Our result is applicable to the geometric design and patterning of substrates that are employed in phonon-mediated detection devices.

  8. Search for two-phonon octupole excitations in 146Gd

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    Orce, J. N.; Kumar Raju, M.; Khumalo, N. A.; Dinoko, T. S.; Jones, P.; Bark, R. A.; Lawrie, E. A.; Majola, S. N. T.; Robledo, L. M.; Rubio, B.; Wiedeking, M.; Easton, J.; Khaleel, E. A.; Kheswa, B. V.; Kheswa, N.; Herbert, M. S.; Lawrie, J. J.; Masiteng, P. L.; Nchodu, M. R.; Ndayishimye, J.; Negi, D.; Noncolela, S. P.; Ntshangase, S. S.; Papka, P.; Roux, D. G.; Shirinda, O.; Sithole, P. S.; Yates, S. W.

    2016-06-01

    The low-spin structure of the nearly spherical nucleus 146Gd was studied using the 144Sm(4He, 2n) fusion-evaporation reaction. High-statistics γ - γ coincidence measurements were performed at iThemba LABS with 7× 109 γ- γ coincidence events recorded. Gated γ-ray energy spectra show evidence for the 6+2 → 3-1 → 0+1 cascade of E3 transitions in agreement with recent findings by Caballero and co-workers, but with a smaller branching ratio of I_{γ} = 4.7(10) for the 6+2 → 3-1 1905.1 keV γ ray. Although these findings may support octupole vibrations in spherical nuclei, sophisticated beyond mean-field calculations including angular-momentum projection are required to interpret in an appropriate way the available data due to the failure of the rotational model assumptions in this nucleus.

  9. Gigantic enhancement of spin Seebeck effect by phonon drag

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    Adachi, Hiroto; Uchida, Ken-Ichi; Saitoh, Eiji; Ohe, Jun-Ichiro; Takahashi, Saburo; Maekawa, Sadamichi

    2011-03-01

    We investigate both theoretically and experimentally a gigantic enhancement of the spin Seebeck effect [K. Uchida et al., Nature 455, 778 (2008); C. M. Jaworski et al., Nature Mater. 9, 898 (2010); K. Uchida et al., Nature Mater. 9, 894 (2010)] in a prototypical magnet La Y2 Fe 5 O12 at low temperatures. Our theoretical analysis sheds light on the important role of phonons; the spin Seebeck effect is enormously enhanced by nonequilibrium phonons that drag the low-lying spin excitations. We further argue that this scenario gives a clue to understand the observation of the spin Seebeck effect that is unaccompanied by a global spin current, and predict that the substrate condition affects the observed signal.

  10. Competition, Competitive Repulsion, and Coexistence

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    Darlington, P. J.

    1972-01-01

    This manuscript is concerned with concepts rather than abstruse details or mathematics. Discussed are: competition; extended competition, proposed for competition in the strict sense, extended and modified by all related interactions including predation, parasitism, disease, and even cooperation, all of which can be “weapons of competition”; competitive repulsion, proposed for the sum of forces that determine spacings, including ecologic spacings, of individuals and populations; Darwin (biotic) equilibriums; competitive extinction, Gause's principle, limited and limiting resources, and single-resource competition; de facto coexistence of competing species, exemplified by green plants competing for sunlight; niche competition; the two concepts of competitive exclusion; devision of resources and of their utilizers; cause and effect in real situations; and niches, niche overlap, and coexistence. Stressed is the complexity of the real world, and the confusion that can and does arise from modeling it too simply. PMID:4508308

  11. Shape coexistence in 153Ho

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    Pramanik, Dibyadyuti; Sarkar, S.; Saha Sarkar, M.; Bisoi, Abhijit; Ray, Sudatta; Dasgupta, Shinjinee; Chakraborty, A.; Krishichayan, Kshetri, Ritesh; Ray, Indrani; Ganguly, S.; Pradhan, M. K.; Ray Basu, M.; Raut, R.; Ganguly, G.; Ghugre, S. S.; Sinha, A. K.; Basu, S. K.; Bhattacharya, S.; Mukherjee, A.; Banerjee, P.; Goswami, A.

    2016-08-01

    The high-spin states in 153Ho have been studied by the La57(20Ne139,6 n ) reaction at a projectile energy of 139 MeV at the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata, India, utilizing an earlier campaign of the Indian National Gamma Array (INGA) setup. Data from γ -γ coincidence, directional correlation, and polarization measurements have been analyzed to assign and confirm the spins and parities of the levels. We have suggested a few additions and revisions of the reported level scheme of 153Ho. The RF-γ time difference spectra have been useful to confirm the half-life of an isomer in this nucleus. From the comparison of experimental and theoretical results, it is found that there are definite indications of shape coexistence in this nucleus. The experimental and calculated lifetimes of several isomers have been compared to follow the coexistence and evolution of shape with increasing spin.

  12. Sound and heat revolutions in phononics.

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    Maldovan, Martin

    2013-11-14

    The phonon is the physical particle representing mechanical vibration and is responsible for the transmission of everyday sound and heat. Understanding and controlling the phononic properties of materials provides opportunities to thermally insulate buildings, reduce environmental noise, transform waste heat into electricity and develop earthquake protection. Here I review recent progress and the development of new ideas and devices that make use of phononic properties to control both sound and heat. Advances in sonic and thermal diodes, optomechanical crystals, acoustic and thermal cloaking, hypersonic phononic crystals, thermoelectrics, and thermocrystals herald the next technological revolution in phononics. PMID:24226887

  13. Sound and heat revolutions in phononics

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    Maldovan, Martin

    2013-11-01

    The phonon is the physical particle representing mechanical vibration and is responsible for the transmission of everyday sound and heat. Understanding and controlling the phononic properties of materials provides opportunities to thermally insulate buildings, reduce environmental noise, transform waste heat into electricity and develop earthquake protection. Here I review recent progress and the development of new ideas and devices that make use of phononic properties to control both sound and heat. Advances in sonic and thermal diodes, optomechanical crystals, acoustic and thermal cloaking, hypersonic phononic crystals, thermoelectrics, and thermocrystals herald the next technological revolution in phononics.

  14. Raman spectroscopic investigation of the confined optical phonon modes in the aligned CdSe nanorod arrays

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    Nobile, Concetta; Carbone, Luigi; Kudera, Stefan; Manna, Liberato; Cingolani, Roberto; Krahne, Roman; Fonoberov, Vladimir A.; Balandin, Alexander A.; Chilla, Gerwin; Kipp, Tobias; Heitmann, Detlef

    2007-03-01

    Nanocrystal rods have emerged as promising nanostructured material for both fundamental studies of nanoscale effects and for optical and electronic device applications. We investigated the optical phonon excitations in laterally aligned CdSe nanocrystal rod arrays using resonant Raman scattering. Electric-field mediated alignment between interdigitated electrodes has been used to prepare the samples. We report Raman experiments that probe the optical lattice vibrations in ordered arrays of CdSe nanorods with respect to the nanorod orientation. The packing of nanorods into dense arrays leads to the suppression of the surface optical phonon modes. In the longitudinal-optical phonon peak we observe a fine structure that depends on the relative orientation of the nanorods with respect to the incident light polarization. Detailed comparison of the experimental data with the first-principle calculations for corresponding nanostructures, which reveal the symmetry of the phonon potentials for the Raman active modes, provides a qualitative explanation of the experimentally observed phonon modes.

  15. Fragmentation of two-phonon {gamma}-vibrational strength in deformed nuclei

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    Wu, C.Y.; Cline, D.

    1996-12-31

    Rotational and vibrational modes of collective motion. are very useful in classifying the low-lying excited states in deformed nuclei. The rotational mode of collective motion is characterized by rotational bands having correlated level energies and strongly-enhanced E2 matrix elements. The lowest intrinsic excitation with I,K{sup {pi}} = 2,2{sup +} in even-even deformed nuclei, typically occurring at {approx}1 MeV, is classified as a one-phonon {gamma}-vibration state. In a pure harmonic vibration limit, the expected two-phonon {gamma}-vibration states with I,K{sup {pi}} = 0,0{sup +} and 4,4{sup +} should have excitation energies at twice that of the I,K{sup {pi}} = 2,2{sup +} excitation, i.e. {approx}2 MeV, which usually is above the pairing gap leading to possible mixing with two-quasiparticle configurations. Therefore, the question of the localization of two-phonon {gamma}-vibration strength has been raised because mixing may lead to fragmentation of the two-phonon strength over a range of excitation energy. For several well-deformed nuclei, an assignment of I,K{sup {pi}}=4,4{sup +} states as being two-phonon vibrational excitations has been suggested based on the excitation energies and the predominant {gamma}-ray decay to the I,K{sup {pi}}=2,2{sup +} state. However, absolute B(E2) values connecting the presumed two- and one-phonon states are the only unambiguous measure of double phonon excitation. Such B(E2) data are available for {sup 156}Gd, {sup 160}Dy, {sup 168}Er, {sup 232}Th, and {sup 186,188,190,192}Os. Except for {sup 160}Dy, the measured B(E2) values range from 2-3 Weisskopf units in {sup 156}Gd to 10-20 Weisskopf units in osmium nuclei; enhancement that is consistent with collective modes of motion.

  16. Universality of the Phonon-Roton Spectrum in Liquids and Superfluidity of 4He

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    Bobrov, Viktor; Trigger, Sergey; Litinski, Daniel

    2016-06-01

    Based on numerous experimental data on inelastic neutron and X-ray scattering in liquids, we assert that the phonon-roton spectrum of collective excitations, predicted by Landau for superfluid helium, is a universal property of the liquid state. We show that the existence of the roton minimum in the spectrum of collective excitations is caused by the short-range order in liquids. Using the virial theorem, we assume that one more branch of excitations should exist in He II, whose energy spectrum differs from the phonon-roton spectrum. Such excitations are associated with the pole of single-particle Green function, which can have a gap at small values of momenta.

  17. Grain-boundary layering transitions and phonon engineering

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    Rickman, J. M.; Harmer, M. P.; Chan, H. M.

    2016-09-01

    We employ semi-grand canonical Monte Carlo simulation to investigate layering transitions at grain boundaries in a prototypical binary alloy. We demonstrate the existence of such transitions among various interfacial states and examine the role of elastic fields in dictating state equilibria. The results of these studies are summarized in the form of diagrams that highlight interfacial state coexistence in this system. Finally, we examine the impact of layering transitions on the phononic properties of the system, as given by the specific heat and, by extension, the thermal conductivity. Thus, it is suggested that by inducing interfacial layering transitions via changes in temperature or pressure, one can thereby engineer thermodynamic and transport properties in materials.

  18. Ultrafast demagnetization after femtosecond laser pulses: Transfer of angular momentum from the electronic system to magnetoelastic spin-phonon modes

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    Tsatsoulis, T.; Illg, C.; Haag, M.; Mueller, B. Y.; Zhang, L.; Fähnle, M.

    2016-04-01

    During ultrafast demagnetization after the excitation of ferromagnetic films with femtosecond laser pulses, the angular momentum of the electronic system is transferred to the lattice via electron-phonon scatterings. The actual amount of transfer is calculated for Ni and Fe by considering spin-phonon eigenmodes, which have a sharp angular momentum. Because the considered Hamiltonian is not isotropic, the total angular momentum is not conserved.

  19. Evidence of Longitudinal Acoustic Phonon Generation in Si Doping Superlattices by Ge Prism-Coupled THz Laser Radiation

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    Wilson, T.; Kasper, E.; Oehme, M.; Schulze, J.; Korolev, K.

    2014-11-01

    We report on the direct excitation of 246 GHz longitudinal acoustic phonons in silicon doping superlattices by the resonant absorption of nanosecond-pulsed far-infrared laser radiation of the same frequency. A longitudinally polarized evanescent laser light field is coupled to the superlattice through a germanium prism providing total internal reflection at the superlattice interface. The ballistic phonon signal is detected by a superconducting aluminum bolometer. The sample is immersed in low-temperature liquid helium.

  20. Photoinduced melting of charge order in a quarter-filled electron system coupled with different types of phonons

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    Yonemitsu, Kenji; Maeshima, Nobuya

    2007-08-01

    Photoinduced melting of charge order is calculated by using the exact many-electron wave function coupled with classically treated phonons in the one-dimensional quarter-filled Hubbard model with Peierls and Holstein types of electron-phonon couplings. The model parameters are taken from recent experiments on (EDO-TTF)2PF6 (EDO-TTF=ethylenedioxy-tetrathiafulvalene) with a (0110) charge order, where transfer integrals are modulated by molecular displacements (bond-coupled phonons) and site energies by molecular deformations (charge-coupled phonons). The charge-transfer photoexcitation from (0110) to (0200) configurations and that from (0110) to (1010) configurations have different energies. The corresponding excited states have different shapes of adiabatic potentials as a function of these two phonon amplitudes. The adiabatic potentials are shown to be useful in understanding differences in the photoinduced charge dynamics and the efficiency of melting, which depend not only on the excitation energy but also on the relative phonon frequency of the bond- and charge-coupled phonons.

  1. Onset of optical-phonon cooling in multilayer graphene revealed by RF noise and black-body radiation thermometries.

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    Brunel, D; Berthou, S; Parret, R; Vialla, F; Morfin, P; Wilmart, Q; Fève, G; Berroir, J-M; Roussignol, P; Voisin, C; Plaçais, B

    2015-04-29

    We report on electron cooling power measurements in few-layer graphene excited by Joule heating by means of a new setup combining electrical and optical probes of the electron and phonon baths temperatures. At low bias, noise thermometry allows us to retrieve the well known acoustic phonon cooling regimes below and above the Bloch-Grüneisen temperature, with additional control over the phonon bath temperature. At high electrical bias, we show the relevance of direct optical investigation of the electronic temperature by means of black-body radiation measurements. In this regime, the onset of new efficient relaxation pathways involving optical modes is observed. PMID:25835486

  2. Electron-phonon interaction effect on the energy levels and diamagnetic susceptibility of quantum wires: Parallelogram and triangle cross section

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    Khordad, R. Bahramiyan, H.

    2014-03-28

    In this paper, optical phonon modes are studied within the framework of dielectric continuum approach for parallelogram and triangular quantum wires, including the derivation of the electron-phonon interaction Hamiltonian and a discussion on the effects of this interaction on the electronic energy levels. The polaronic energy shift is calculated for both ground-state and excited-state electron energy levels by applying the perturbative approach. The effects of the electron-phonon interaction on the expectation value of r{sup 2} and diamagnetic susceptibility for both quantum wires are discussed.

  3. In-situ optical transmission electron microscope study of exciton phonon replicas in ZnO nanowires by cathodoluminescence

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    Yang, Shize; Tian, Xuezeng; Wang, Lifen; Wei, Jiake; Qi, Kuo; Li, Xiaomin; Xu, Zhi E-mail: xdbai@iphy.ac.cn Wang, Wenlong; Zhao, Jimin; Bai, Xuedong E-mail: xdbai@iphy.ac.cn; Wang, Enge E-mail: xdbai@iphy.ac.cn

    2014-08-18

    The cathodoluminescence spectrum of single zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires is measured by in-situ optical Transmission Electron Microscope. The coupling between exciton and longitudinal optical phonon is studied. The band edge emission varies for different excitation spots. This effect is attributed to the exciton propagation along the c axis of the nanowire. Contrary to free exciton emission, the phonon replicas are well confined in ZnO nanowire. They travel along the c axis and emit at the end surface. Bending strain increases the relative intensity of second order phonon replicas when excitons travel along the c-axis.

  4. Edge phonons in black phosphorus

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    Ribeiro, H. B.; Villegas, C. E. P.; Bahamon, D. A.; Muraca, D.; Castro Neto, A. H.; de Souza, E. A. T.; Rocha, A. R.; Pimenta, M. A.; de Matos, C. J. S.

    2016-07-01

    Black phosphorus has recently emerged as a new layered crystal that, due to its peculiar and anisotropic crystalline and electronic band structures, may have important applications in electronics, optoelectronics and photonics. Despite the fact that the edges of layered crystals host a range of singular properties whose characterization and exploitation are of utmost importance for device development, the edges of black phosphorus remain poorly characterized. In this work, the atomic structure and behaviour of phonons near different black phosphorus edges are experimentally and theoretically studied using Raman spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. Polarized Raman results show the appearance of new modes at the edges of the sample, and their spectra depend on the atomic structure of the edges (zigzag or armchair). Theoretical simulations confirm that the new modes are due to edge phonon states that are forbidden in the bulk, and originated from the lattice termination rearrangements.

  5. Edge phonons in black phosphorus.

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    Ribeiro, H B; Villegas, C E P; Bahamon, D A; Muraca, D; Castro Neto, A H; de Souza, E A T; Rocha, A R; Pimenta, M A; de Matos, C J S

    2016-01-01

    Black phosphorus has recently emerged as a new layered crystal that, due to its peculiar and anisotropic crystalline and electronic band structures, may have important applications in electronics, optoelectronics and photonics. Despite the fact that the edges of layered crystals host a range of singular properties whose characterization and exploitation are of utmost importance for device development, the edges of black phosphorus remain poorly characterized. In this work, the atomic structure and behaviour of phonons near different black phosphorus edges are experimentally and theoretically studied using Raman spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. Polarized Raman results show the appearance of new modes at the edges of the sample, and their spectra depend on the atomic structure of the edges (zigzag or armchair). Theoretical simulations confirm that the new modes are due to edge phonon states that are forbidden in the bulk, and originated from the lattice termination rearrangements. PMID:27412813

  6. Edge phonons in black phosphorus

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    Ribeiro, H. B.; Villegas, C. E. P.; Bahamon, D. A.; Muraca, D.; Castro Neto, A. H.; de Souza, E. A. T.; Rocha, A. R.; Pimenta, M. A.; de Matos, C. J. S.

    2016-01-01

    Black phosphorus has recently emerged as a new layered crystal that, due to its peculiar and anisotropic crystalline and electronic band structures, may have important applications in electronics, optoelectronics and photonics. Despite the fact that the edges of layered crystals host a range of singular properties whose characterization and exploitation are of utmost importance for device development, the edges of black phosphorus remain poorly characterized. In this work, the atomic structure and behaviour of phonons near different black phosphorus edges are experimentally and theoretically studied using Raman spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. Polarized Raman results show the appearance of new modes at the edges of the sample, and their spectra depend on the atomic structure of the edges (zigzag or armchair). Theoretical simulations confirm that the new modes are due to edge phonon states that are forbidden in the bulk, and originated from the lattice termination rearrangements. PMID:27412813

  7. Interference competition and species coexistence.

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    Amarasekare, Priyanga

    2002-01-01

    Interference competition is ubiquitous in nature. Yet its effects on resource exploitation remain largely unexplored for species that compete for dynamic resources. Here, I present a model of exploitative and interference competition with explicit resource dynamics. The model incorporates both biotic and abiotic resources. It considers interference competition both in the classical sense (i.e. each species suffers a net reduction in per capita growth rate via interference from, and interference on, the other species) and in the broad sense (i.e. each species suffers a net reduction in per capita growth rate via interference from, but can experience an increase in growth rate via interference on, the other species). Coexistence cannot occur under classical interference competition even when the species inferior at resource exploitation is superior at interference. Such a trade-off can, however, change the mechanism of competitive exclusion from dominance by the superior resource exploiter to a priority effect. Now the inferior resource exploiter can exclude the superior resource exploiter provided it has a higher initial abundance. By contrast, when interference is beneficial to the interacting species, coexistence is possible via a trade-off between exploitation and interference. These results hold regardless of whether the resource is biotic or abiotic, indicating that the outcome of exploitative and interference competition does not depend on the exact nature of resource dynamics. The model makes two key predictions. First, species that engage in costly interference mechanisms (e.g. territoriality, overgrowth or undercutting, allelopathy and other forms of chemical competition) should not be able to coexist unless they also engage in beneficial interference mechanisms (e.g. predation or parasitism). Second, exotic invasive species that displace native biota should be superior resource exploiters that have strong interference effects on native species with little

  8. Coexistence: Exploration and the environment

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    Cunningham, P.S.; Winston, J.G.; Watt, G.L.

    1995-12-31

    One of the major challenges in our industry today is successfully meeting two needs of the planet that often appear to be conflicting: Meeting the economic needs of the people through sustainable development of natural resources while preserving the integrity and diversity of our environment. Nowhere is this more critical than in the world`s wetlands and rain forests. This presentation demonstrates the principles and practices that have fostered coexistence of environmental protection and sustainable development projects in wetlands and tropical forests in the Americas. Excerpts from two projects are shown. one in a national wildlife refuge in Louisiana, and one in the rain forests of Bolivia.

  9. Learning to coexist with wildfire.

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    Moritz, Max A; Batllori, Enric; Bradstock, Ross A; Gill, A Malcolm; Handmer, John; Hessburg, Paul F; Leonard, Justin; McCaffrey, Sarah; Odion, Dennis C; Schoennagel, Tania; Syphard, Alexandra D

    2014-11-01

    The impacts of escalating wildfire in many regions - the lives and homes lost, the expense of suppression and the damage to ecosystem services - necessitate a more sustainable coexistence with wildfire. Climate change and continued development on fire-prone landscapes will only compound current problems. Emerging strategies for managing ecosystems and mitigating risks to human communities provide some hope, although greater recognition of their inherent variation and links is crucial. Without a more integrated framework, fire will never operate as a natural ecosystem process, and the impact on society will continue to grow. A more coordinated approach to risk management and land-use planning in these coupled systems is needed. PMID:25373675

  10. Ultrasonic and hypersonic phononic crystals

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    Khelif, A.; Hsiao, F.-L.; Benchabane, S.; Choujaa, A.; Aoubiza, B.; Laude, V.

    2008-02-01

    We report on the experimental and theoretical investigation two kinds of acoustic waves in two dimensional phononic crystal: bulk acoustic waves and surface acoustic waves. For bulk acoustic waves, the work focuses on the experimental observation of full acoustic band gaps in a two-dimensional lattice of steel cylinders immersed in water as well as deaf bands that cause strong attenuation in the transmission for honeycomb and triangular lattices. For surface acoustic waves, complete acoustic band gaps found experimentally in a two-dimensional square-lattice piezoelectric phononic crystal etched in lithium niobate will be presented. Propagation in the phononic crystal is studied by direct generation and detection of surface waves using interdigital transducers. The complete band gap extends from 203 to 226 MHz, in good agreement with theoretical predictions. Near the upper edge of the complete band gap, it is observed that radiation to the bulk of the substrate dominates. This observation is explained by introducing the concept of sound line.

  11. Raman phonons in multiferroic FeVO4 crystals

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    Zhang, An-Min; Liu, Kai; Ji, Jian-Ting; He, Chang-Zhen; Tian, Yong; Jin, Feng; Zhang, Qing-Ming

    2015-12-01

    Multiferroic materials are promising candidates for next-generation multi-functional devices, because of the coexistence of multi-orders and the coupling between the orders. FeVO4 has been confirmed to be a multiferroic compound, since it exhibits both ferroelectricity and antiferromagnetic ordering at low temperatures. In this paper, we have performed careful Raman scattering measurements on high-quality FeVO4 single crystals. The compound has a very rich phonon structure due to its low crystal symmetry (P - 1) and at least 47 Raman-active phonon modes have been resolved in the low and hightemperature spectra. Most of the observed modes are well assigned with aid of first-principles calculations and symmetry analysis. The present study provides an experimental basis for exploring spin-lattice coupling and the mechanism of multiferroicity in FeVO4 Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2012CB921701), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11174367 and 11004243), the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation, the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, and the Research Funds of Renmin University of China (Grant Nos. 10XNI038, 14XNLF06, and 14XNLQ03).

  12. Raman study of phonon dynamics in PMN crystal

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    Svitelskiy, O.; Toulouse, J.; Ye, Z.-G.

    2002-03-01

    PMN is a model system for lead relaxors.Despite much effort,the origin of the relaxor behavior remains a puzzle.Difficulties arise from the coexistence of several phases at the same temperature.We have carried out a new detailed Raman study of PMN in a wide temperature range of 100-1000K.The entire acquired spectra have been analyzed using multiple peak decomposition.A comparison with neutron scattering data[1] suggests that strong Raman line at 45 cm_-1 is dominated by scattering from a distribution of TA phonons near the zone boundary.The fine structure of the line can be explained by interaction with TO1 and LA phonons.Lowering the temperature leads to the gradual appearance of the rhombohedral phase and to the growth and splitting of lines associated with it (as in KTN[2]): TO2,TO3,TO4.None of the lines exhibit a characteristic ferroelectric behavior.No Raman analogue of the neutron scattering waterfall[3] have been observed Thanks for support to DOE#DE-FG02-00ER45842 1.A.Naberezhnov et al,Eur.Phys.J.B11,13(1999) 3.P.DiAntonio et al,Phys.Rev.B,47,5629(1993) 2.P.Gehring et al.,accepted to PRL

  13. Phonon effects in the two-magnon Raman scattering in spin-Peierls systems

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    Zang, J.; Roeder, H.; Gammel, J.T.; Saxena, A.; Bishop, A.R.

    1996-10-01

    Recently discovered spin-Peierls (SP) transition in the compound CuGeO{sub 3} revived the interest in theoretical studies of low dimensional spin systems and lattice spin coupling effects. Special attention has been paid to the frustration effects and their consequence on the dynamical properties. In fact, it was pointed out earlier by some of the preset authors that there are frustrated SP fluctuations in the MX materials near the crossover region. In the study of the excitations in the CuGeO{sub 3} compound, several groups have conducted two-magnon Raman scattering experiments. In addition, several theoretical studies were carried out which, however, neglected the phonon effects totally. In the present study, the authors show that the phonon effects are important in the two-magnon Raman scattering. The phonon effects enter the Raman scattering process in two ways. First, there is a strong spin phonon coupling; naturally, the photon-magnon coupling has a phonon term, which has strength {partial_derivative}J/{partial_derivative}u, where u is lattice distortion. Second, without frustrated spin-spin coupling J{sub 2}, there is no two-magnon Raman scattering in the high temperature uniform phase, as the scattering term commutes with the Hamiltonian. However, since the lattice fluctuations (quantum or thermal) will introduce disorder in the spin-spin coupling, there is phonon induced two-magnon Raman scattering even without J{sub 2}.

  14. Ultrafast coupling of coherent phonons with a nonequilibrium electron-hole plasma in GaAs

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    Basak, Amlan Kumar; Petek, Hrvoje; Ishioka, Kunie; Thatcher, Evan M.; Stanton, Christopher J.

    2015-03-01

    We present a joint experimental theoretical study of the coupling of coherent phonons in bulk GaAs with a nonequilibrium electron-hole plasma following photoexcitation at the E1 gap by ultrafast laser pulses. In contrast to prior coherent phonon experiments where photoexcitation across the E0 gap generated electrons in the Γ valley, for the E1 gap excitation, the majority of the electrons are generated in the satellite L valleys. This leads to a drastically different situation from the previous studies because the damping of electrons is now faster due to the higher scattering rates in the L valley, and, in addition, the diffusion of carriers has a significant effect on the plasma response due to the shorter optical absorption depth of the pump-probe light. Reflectivity measurements show coherent phonon-plasmon oscillations, whose frequencies lie between the transverse and longitudinal optical phonon frequencies due to the heavy damping and change with time due to the diffusion of the plasma. We analyze the experimental data with a theoretical model that describes the time and density-dependent coupling of the coherent phonon and the electron-hole plasma as the photoexcited carriers diffuse into the sample on a subpicosecond time scale. The calculated phonon-plasmon dynamics qualitatively reproduce the experimentally observed time-dependent frequency.

  15. Applications of time-domain spectroscopy to electron-phonon coupling dynamics at surfaces.

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    Matsumoto, Yoshiyasu

    2014-10-01

    Photochemistry is one of the most important branches in chemistry to promote and control chemical reactions. In particular, there has been growing interest in photoinduced processes at solid surfaces and interfaces with liquids such as water for developing efficient solar energy conversion. For example, photoinduced charge transfer between adsorbates and semiconductor substrates at the surfaces of metal oxides induced by photogenerated holes and electrons is a core process in photovoltaics and photocatalysis. In these photoinduced processes, electron-phonon coupling plays a central role. This paper describes how time-domain spectroscopy is applied to elucidate electron-phonon coupling dynamics at metal and semiconductor surfaces. Because nuclear dynamics induced by electronic excitation through electron-phonon coupling take place in the femtosecond time domain, the pump-and-probe method with ultrashort pulses used in time-domain spectroscopy is a natural choice for elucidating the electron-phonon coupling at metal and semiconductor surfaces. Starting with a phenomenological theory of coherent phonons generated by impulsive electronic excitation, this paper describes a couple of illustrative examples of the applications of linear and nonlinear time-domain spectroscopy to a simple adsorption system, alkali metal on Cu(111), and more complex photocatalyst systems. PMID:25139240

  16. Stress Wave Isolation by Purely Mechanical Topological Phononic Crystals

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    Chaunsali, Rajesh; Li, Feng; Yang, Jinkyu

    2016-01-01

    We present an active, purely mechanical stress wave isolator that consists of short cylindrical particles arranged in a helical architecture. This phononic structure allows us to change inter-particle stiffness dynamically by controlling the contact angles of the cylinders. We use torsional travelling waves to control the contact angles, thereby imposing a desired spatio-temporal stiffness variation to the phononic crystal along the longitudinal direction. Such torsional excitation is a form of parametric pumping in the system, which results in the breakage of the time-reversal symmetry. We report that, in quasi-static sense, the system shows topologically non-trivial band-gaps. However, in a dynamic regime where the pumping effect is significant, these band-gaps become asymmetric with respect to the frequency and wavenumber domains in the dispersion relationship. By using numerical simulations, we show that such asymmetry has a direct correspondence to the topological invariant, i.e., Chern number, of the system. We propose that this asymmetry, accompanied by selective inter-band transition, can be utilized for directional isolation of the stress wave propagating along the phononic crystal. PMID:27477236

  17. Stress Wave Isolation by Purely Mechanical Topological Phononic Crystals

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    Chaunsali, Rajesh; Li, Feng; Yang, Jinkyu

    2016-08-01

    We present an active, purely mechanical stress wave isolator that consists of short cylindrical particles arranged in a helical architecture. This phononic structure allows us to change inter-particle stiffness dynamically by controlling the contact angles of the cylinders. We use torsional travelling waves to control the contact angles, thereby imposing a desired spatio-temporal stiffness variation to the phononic crystal along the longitudinal direction. Such torsional excitation is a form of parametric pumping in the system, which results in the breakage of the time-reversal symmetry. We report that, in quasi-static sense, the system shows topologically non-trivial band-gaps. However, in a dynamic regime where the pumping effect is significant, these band-gaps become asymmetric with respect to the frequency and wavenumber domains in the dispersion relationship. By using numerical simulations, we show that such asymmetry has a direct correspondence to the topological invariant, i.e., Chern number, of the system. We propose that this asymmetry, accompanied by selective inter-band transition, can be utilized for directional isolation of the stress wave propagating along the phononic crystal.

  18. Spinon-phonon interaction in algebraic spin liquids

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    Serbyn, Maksym; Lee, Patrick A.

    2013-05-01

    Motivated by a search for experimental probes to access the physics of fractionalized excitations called spinons in spin liquids, we study the interaction of spinons with lattice vibrations. We consider the case of algebraic spin liquid, when spinons have fermionic statistics and a Dirac-like dispersion. We establish the general procedure for deriving spinon-phonon interactions, which is based on symmetry considerations. The procedure is illustrated for four different algebraic spin liquids: π-flux and staggered-flux phases on a square lattice, π-flux phase on a kagome lattice, and zero-flux phase on a honeycomb lattice. Although the low-energy description is similar for all these phases, different underlying symmetry groups lead to a distinct form of spinon-phonon interaction Hamiltonian. The explicit form of the spinon-phonon interaction is used to estimate the attenuation of ultrasound in an algebraic spin liquid. The prospects of the sound attenuation as a probe of spinons are discussed.

  19. Stress Wave Isolation by Purely Mechanical Topological Phononic Crystals.

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    Chaunsali, Rajesh; Li, Feng; Yang, Jinkyu

    2016-01-01

    We present an active, purely mechanical stress wave isolator that consists of short cylindrical particles arranged in a helical architecture. This phononic structure allows us to change inter-particle stiffness dynamically by controlling the contact angles of the cylinders. We use torsional travelling waves to control the contact angles, thereby imposing a desired spatio-temporal stiffness variation to the phononic crystal along the longitudinal direction. Such torsional excitation is a form of parametric pumping in the system, which results in the breakage of the time-reversal symmetry. We report that, in quasi-static sense, the system shows topologically non-trivial band-gaps. However, in a dynamic regime where the pumping effect is significant, these band-gaps become asymmetric with respect to the frequency and wavenumber domains in the dispersion relationship. By using numerical simulations, we show that such asymmetry has a direct correspondence to the topological invariant, i.e., Chern number, of the system. We propose that this asymmetry, accompanied by selective inter-band transition, can be utilized for directional isolation of the stress wave propagating along the phononic crystal. PMID:27477236

  20. Nonharmonic phonons in α-iron at high temperatures

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    Mauger, L.; Lucas, M. S.; Muñoz, J. A.; Tracy, S. J.; Kresch, M.; Xiao, Yuming; Chow, Paul; Fultz, B.

    2014-08-01

    Phonon densities of states (DOS) of bcc α-Fe57 were measured from room temperature through the 1044 K Curie transition and the 1185 K fcc γ-Fe phase transition using nuclear resonant inelastic x-ray scattering. At higher temperatures all phonons shift to lower energies (soften) with thermal expansion, but the low transverse modes soften especially rapidly above 700 K, showing strongly nonharmonic behavior that persists through the magnetic transition. Interatomic force constants for the bcc phase were obtained by iteratively fitting a Born-von Kármán model to the experimental phonon spectra using a genetic algorithm optimization. The second-nearest-neighbor fitted axial force constants weakened significantly at elevated temperatures. An unusually large nonharmonic behavior is reported, which increases the vibrational entropy and accounts for a contribution of 35 meV/atom in the free energy at high temperatures. The nonharmonic contribution to the vibrational entropy follows the thermal trend of the magnetic entropy, and may be coupled to magnetic excitations. A small change in vibrational entropy across the α-γ structural phase transformation is also reported.

  1. Topologically protected elastic waves in phononic metamaterials

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    Mousavi, S. Hossein; Khanikaev, Alexander B.; Wang, Zheng

    2015-01-01

    Surface waves in topological states of quantum matter exhibit unique protection from backscattering induced by disorders, making them ideal carriers for both classical and quantum information. Topological matters for electrons and photons are largely limited by the range of bulk properties, and the associated performance trade-offs. In contrast, phononic metamaterials provide access to a much wider range of material properties. Here we demonstrate numerically a phononic topological metamaterial in an elastic-wave analogue of the quantum spin Hall effect. A dual-scale phononic crystal slab is used to support two effective spins for phonons over a broad bandwidth, and strong spin–orbit coupling is realized by breaking spatial mirror symmetry. By preserving the spin polarization with an external load or spatial symmetry, phononic edge states are shown to be robust against scattering from discrete defects as well as disorders in the continuum, demonstrating topological protection for phonons in both static and time-dependent regimes. PMID:26530426

  2. Wide-Stopband Aperiodic Phononic Filters

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    Rostem, Karwan; Chuss, David; Denis, K. L.; Wollack, E. J.

    2016-01-01

    We demonstrate that a phonon stopband can be synthesized from an aperiodic structure comprising a discrete set of phononic filter stages. Each element of the set has a dispersion relation that defines a complete bandgap when calculated under a Bloch boundary condition. Hence, the effective stopband width in an aperiodic phononic filter (PnF) may readily exceed that of a phononic crystal with a single lattice constant or a coherence scale. With simulations of multi-moded phononic waveguides, we discuss the effects of finite geometry and mode-converting junctions on the phonon transmission in PnFs. The principles described may be utilized to form a wide stopband in acoustic and surface wave media. Relative to the quantum of thermal conductance for a uniform mesoscopic beam, a PnF with a stopband covering 1.6-10.4 GHz is estimated to reduce the thermal conductance by an order of magnitude at 75 mK.

  3. Wide-stopband aperiodic phononic filters

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    Rostem, K.; Chuss, D. T.; Denis, K. L.; Wollack, E. J.

    2016-06-01

    We demonstrate that a phonon stopband can be synthesized from an aperiodic structure comprising a discrete set of phononic filter stages. Each element of the set has a dispersion relation that defines a complete bandgap when calculated under a Bloch boundary condition. Hence, the effective stopband width in an aperiodic phononic filter (PnF) may readily exceed that of a phononic crystal with a single lattice constant or a coherence scale. With simulations of multi-moded phononic waveguides, we discuss the effects of finite geometry and mode-converting junctions on the phonon transmission in PnFs. The principles described may be utilized to form a wide stopband in acoustic and surface wave media. Relative to the quantum of thermal conductance for a uniform mesoscopic beam, a PnF with a stopband covering 1.6–10.4 GHz is estimated to reduce the thermal conductance by an order of magnitude at 75 mK.

  4. Topologically protected elastic waves in phononic metamaterials.

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    Mousavi, S Hossein; Khanikaev, Alexander B; Wang, Zheng

    2015-01-01

    Surface waves in topological states of quantum matter exhibit unique protection from backscattering induced by disorders, making them ideal carriers for both classical and quantum information. Topological matters for electrons and photons are largely limited by the range of bulk properties, and the associated performance trade-offs. In contrast, phononic metamaterials provide access to a much wider range of material properties. Here we demonstrate numerically a phononic topological metamaterial in an elastic-wave analogue of the quantum spin Hall effect. A dual-scale phononic crystal slab is used to support two effective spins for phonons over a broad bandwidth, and strong spin-orbit coupling is realized by breaking spatial mirror symmetry. By preserving the spin polarization with an external load or spatial symmetry, phononic edge states are shown to be robust against scattering from discrete defects as well as disorders in the continuum, demonstrating topological protection for phonons in both static and time-dependent regimes. PMID:26530426

  5. Phonon-Assisted Resonant Tunnelling through a Triple-Quantum-Dot: a Phonon-Signal Detector

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    Shen, Xiao-Yun; Dong, Bing; Lei, Xiao-lin

    2008-02-01

    We study the effect of electron-phonon interaction on current and zero-frequency shot noise in resonant tunnelling through a series triple-quantum-dot coupling to a local phonon mode by means of a nonperturbative mapping technique along with the Green function formulation. By fixing the energy difference between the first two quantum dots to be equal to phonon frequency and sweeping the level of the third quantum dot, we find a largely enhanced current spectrum due to phonon effect, and in particular we predict current peaks corresponding to phonon-absorption and phonon-emission assisted resonant tunnelling processes, which show that this system can be acted as a sensitive phonon-signal detector or as a cascade phonon generator.

  6. Low-spin excitations in 100Pd

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    Radeck, D.; Albers, M.; Bernards, C.; Bettermann, L.; Blazhev, A.; Fransen, C.; Heinze, S.; Jolie, J.; Mü; cher, D.

    2009-01-01

    In recent years collectivity in the mass region around A = 100 has become the focus of increased interest. The N = 52 isotones were investigated in detail and phonon excitations -especially one- and two-phonon mixed-symmetry states—were identified. In order to investigate how vibrator-like behavior and states with mixed-symmetry character evolve with increasing neutron number it is interesting to study the N = 54 isotones. Therefore an experiment to measure the low-spin excitations of 100Pd was performed at the FN-Tandem accelerator with the HORUS cube spectrometer. Besides the determination of excitation and transition energies and branching ratios, spins and multipole mixing ratios resulted from the γγ angular correlation analysis. The newly gained data were compared with predictions from theory both from collective models and from shell model.

  7. Temperature Dependence of Phonons in Pyrolitic Graphite

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    Brockhouse, B. N.; Shirane, G.

    1977-01-01

    Dispersion curves for longitudinal and transverse phonons propagating along and near the c-axis in pyrolitic graphite at temperatures between 4°K and 1500°C have been measured by neutron spectroscopy. The observed frequencies decrease markedly with increasing temperature (except for the transverse optical ''rippling'' modes in the hexagonal planes). The neutron groups show interesting asymmetrical broadening ascribed to interference between one phonon and many phonon processes.

  8. Cryogenic exciter

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    Bray, James William; Garces, Luis Jose

    2012-03-13

    The disclosed technology is a cryogenic static exciter. The cryogenic static exciter is connected to a synchronous electric machine that has a field winding. The synchronous electric machine is cooled via a refrigerator or cryogen like liquid nitrogen. The static exciter is in communication with the field winding and is operating at ambient temperature. The static exciter receives cooling from a refrigerator or cryogen source, which may also service the synchronous machine, to selected areas of the static exciter and the cooling selectively reduces the operating temperature of the selected areas of the static exciter.

  9. Phononic Crystal Tunable via Ferroelectric Phase Transition

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    Xu, Chaowei; Cai, Feiyan; Xie, Shuhong; Li, Fei; Sun, Rong; Fu, Xianzhu; Xiong, Rengen; Zhang, Yi; Zheng, Hairong; Li, Jiangyu

    2015-09-01

    Phononic crystals (PCs) consisting of periodic materials with different acoustic properties have potential applications in functional devices. To realize more smart functions, it is desirable to actively control the properties of PCs on demand, ideally within the same fabricated system. Here, we report a tunable PC made of Ba0.7Sr0.3Ti O3 (BST) ceramics, wherein a 20-K temperature change near room temperature results in a 20% frequency shift in the transmission spectra induced by a ferroelectric phase transition. The tunability phenomenon is attributed to the structure-induced resonant excitation of A0 and A1 Lamb modes that exist intrinsically in the uniform BST plate, while these Lamb modes are sensitive to the elastic properties of the plate and can be modulated by temperature in a BST plate around the Curie temperature. The study finds opportunities for creating tunable PCs and enables smart temperature-tuned devices such as the Lamb wave filter or sensor.

  10. Phononic Molecules Studied by Raman Scattering

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    Lanzillotti-Kimura, N. D.; Fainstein, A.; Jusserand, B.; Lemaitre, A.

    2010-01-04

    An acoustic nanocavity can confine phonons in such a way that they act like electrons in an atom. By combining two of these phononic-atoms, it is possible to form a phononic 'molecule', with acoustic modes that are similar to the electronic states in a hydrogen molecule. We report Raman scattering experiments performed in a monolithic structure formed by a phononic molecule embedded in an optical cavity. The acoustic mode splitting becomes evident through both the amplification and change of selection rules induced by the optical cavity confinement. The results are in perfect agreement with photoelastic model simulations.

  11. Phonon-assisted transient electroluminescence in Si

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    Cheng, Tzu-Huan; Chu-Su, Yu; Liu, Chien-Sheng; Lin, Chii-Wann

    2014-06-30

    The phonon-replica infrared emission is observed at room temperature from indirect band gap Si light-emitting diode under forward bias. With increasing injection current density, the broadened electroluminescence spectrum and band gap reduction are observed due to joule heating. The spectral-resolved temporal response of electroluminescence reveals the competitiveness between single (TO) and dual (TO + TA) phonon-assisted indirect band gap transitions. As compared to infrared emission with TO phonon-replica, the retarder of radiative recombination at long wavelength region (∼1.2 μm) indicates lower transition probability of dual phonon-replica before thermal equivalent.

  12. Electron-phonon interaction effects in tantalum

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    Al-Lehaibi, A.; Swihart, J.C.; Butler, W.H.; Pinski, F.J.

    1987-09-15

    The results of calculations for a number of electron-phonon interaction effects for tantalum are presented. The calculations are based on Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker energy bands, Born--von Karman phonons, and the rigid-muffin-tin approximation for the electron-phonon matrix element. The calculated Eliashberg spectral function ..cap alpha../sup 2/F is compared with the earlier tunneling data of Shen and the proximity tunneling data of Wolf et al. The calculated and tunneling transverse-phonon peaks agree well, but the height of the tunneling longitudinal-phonon peak is smaller than the calculated results. The calculated electron-phonon coupling parameter lambda is 0.88, which is larger than the lambda determined from superconducting tunneling and superconducting T/sub c/ measurements, but is slightly smaller than the lambda determined from electronic specific-heat measurements. Calculated phonon linewidths along various symmetry directions are presented. The temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity due to phonon scattering is calculated in the lowest-order variational approximation and it agrees with experiment. The point-contact spectral function of Kulik, G(..omega..), is determined and compared with ..cap alpha../sup 2/F(..omega..). The agreement between calculated and measured electronic specific heat and high-temperature electrical resistivity gives strong support to the validity of the rigid-muffin-tin approximation for electron-phonon matrix elements.

  13. Search for intrinsic collective excitations in {sup 152}Sm

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    Kulp, W. D.; Wood, J. L.; Allmond, J. M.; Garrett, P. E.; Wu, C. Y.; Cline, D.; Hayes, A. B.; Hua, H.; Teng, R.; Bandyopadhyay, D.; Choudry, S. N.; McEllistrem, M. T.; McKay, C. J.; Orce, J. N.; Dashdorj, D.; Mynk, M. G.; Yates, S. W.

    2008-06-15

    The 685 keV excitation energy of the first excited 0{sup +} state in {sup 152}Sm makes it an attractive candidate to explore expected two-phonon excitations at low energy. Multiple-step Coulomb excitation and inelastic neutron scattering studies of {sup 152}Sm are used to probe the E2 collectivity of excited 0{sup +} states in this 'soft' nucleus and the results are compared with model predictions. No candidates for two-phonon K{sup {pi}}=0{sup +}quadrupole vibrational states are found. A 2{sup +},K=2 state with strong E2 decay to the first excited K{sup {pi}}=0{sup +} band and a probable 3{sup +} band member are established.

  14. Influence of the optical-acoustic phonon hybridization on phonon scattering and thermal conductivity

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    Li, Wu; Carrete, Jesús; Madsen, Georg K. H.; Mingo, Natalio

    2016-05-01

    We predict a marked effect of optical-acoustic phonon hybridization on phonon scattering and lattice thermal conductivity (κ ), and illustrate it in the case of Fe2Ge3 . This material presents very low-lying optical phonons with an energy of 1.8 meV at the Brillouin zone center, which show avoided crossings with longitudinal acoustic (LA) phonons, due to optical-acoustic phonon polarization hybridization. Because the optical phonons have nonvanishing scattering rates, even a small amount of hybridization with the optical phonon can increase the scattering rates of LA phonons by much more than one order of magnitude, causing the contribution of these phonons to κ to vanish. At low temperatures, the contributions of all LA phonons are eliminated, and thus the avoided crossing leads to a reduction of thermal conductivity by more than half. The scattering rates are very sensitive to the optical-acoustic phonon hybridization strength, characterized by the gap at the avoided crossing point and varied with the wave-vector direction. Our work presents a different reduction mechanism of κ in systems with optical-acoustic phonon hybridization, which can benefit the search for new thermoelectric materials.

  15. Molecular Solid EOS based on Quasi-Harmonic Oscillator approximation for phonons

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    Menikoff, Ralph

    2014-09-02

    A complete equation of state (EOS) for a molecular solid is derived utilizing a Helmholtz free energy. Assuming that the solid is nonconducting, phonon excitations dominate the specific heat. Phonons are approximated as independent quasi-harmonic oscillators with vibrational frequencies depending on the specific volume. The model is suitable for calibrating an EOS based on isothermal compression data and infrared/Raman spectroscopy data from high pressure measurements utilizing a diamond anvil cell. In contrast to a Mie-Gruneisen EOS developed for an atomic solid, the specific heat and Gruneisen coefficient depend on both density and temperature.

  16. Competitive coexistence in antiviral immunity.

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    Arnaout, R A; Nowak, M A

    2000-06-01

    Adaptive immunity to viruses in vertebrates is mediated by two distinct but complementary branches of the immune system: the cellular response, which eliminates infected cells, and the humoral response, which eliminates infectious virus. This leads to an interesting contest, since the two responses compete, albeit indirectly, for proliferative stimuli. How can a host mount a coordinated antiviral campaign? Here we show that competition may lead to a state of "competitive coexistence" in which, counterintuitively, each branch complements the other, with clinical benefit to the host. The principle is similar to free-market economics, in which firms compete, but the consumer benefits. Experimental evidence suggests this is a useful paradigm in antiviral immunity. PMID:10816366

  17. Transient phonon vacuum squeezing due to femtosecond-laser-induced bond hardening

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    Cheenicode Kabeer, Fairoja; Grigoryan, Naira S.; Zijlstra, Eeuwe S.; Garcia, Martin E.

    2014-09-01

    Ultrashort optical pulses can be used both to create fundamental quasiparticles in crystals and to change their properties. In noble metals, femtosecond lasers induce bond hardening, but little is known about its origin and consequences. Here we simulate ultrafast laser excitation of silver at high fluences. We compute laser-excited potential-energy surfaces by all-electron ab initio theory and analyze the resulting quantum lattice dynamics. We also consider incoherent lattice heating due to electron-phonon interactions using the generalized two-temperature model. We find phonon hardening, which we attribute to the excitation of s electrons. We demonstrate that this may result in phonon vacuum squeezed states with an optimal squeezing factor of ˜0.001 at the L-point longitudinal mode. This finding implies that ultrafast laser-induced bond hardening may be used as a tool to manipulate the quantum state of opaque materials, where, so far, the squeezing of phonons below the zero-point motion has only been realized in transparent crystals by a different mechanism. On the basis of our finding, we further propose a method for directly measuring bond hardening.

  18. Deformed Structures and Shape Coexistence in Zr-98

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    Olaizola, Bruno; 8pi Collaboration

    2015-10-01

    The nuclear structure of the zirconium isotopes evolves from a mid-open neutron shell deformed region (80Zr), through a closed shell (90Zr), to a closed subshell (96Zr), and then to a sudden reappearance of deformation (100Zr). This rapid onset of deformation across the Zr isotopes is unprecedented, and the issue of how collectivity appears and disappears in these isotopes is of special interest. Until recently, only 98Zr (and maybe 100Zr) had indirect and weak evidence for shape coexistence, with only speculative interpretation of the experiments. Recent results from high precision B(E2) measurements provided direct evidence of shape coexistence in 94Zr and suggested that it may happen in many other nuclei in this region. In order to provide direct evidence of shape coexistence in 98Zr a high-statistical-quality γγ experiment was carried out with the 8 π spectrometer at ISAC-TRIUMF. The array consists of 20 Compton-suppressed hyper-pure germanium detectors plus β particle and conversion electron detectors. Excited states up to ~ 5 MeV in 98Zr were populated in the β- decay of 98Y Jπ = (0-) and 98mY J = (4,5). Preliminary results on key branching ratios will be presented. This work was supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the National Research Council of Canada.

  19. Coulomb Screening and Coherent Phonon in Methylammonium Lead Iodide Perovskites.

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    Wang, He; Valkunas, Leonas; Cao, Thu; Whittaker-Brooks, Luisa; Fleming, Graham R

    2016-08-18

    Methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) hybrid perovskite in the tetragonal and orthorhombic phases have different exciton binding energies and demonstrate different excitation kinetics. Here, we explore the role that crystal structure plays in the kinetics via fluence dependent transient absorption spectroscopy. We observe stronger saturation of the free carrier concentration under high pump energy density in the orthorhombic phase relative to the tetragonal phase. We attribute this phenomenon to small dielectric constant, large exciton binding energy, and weak Coulomb screening, which results in difficult exciton dissociation under high light intensity in the orthorhombic phase. At higher excitation intensities, we observe a coherent phonon with an oscillation frequency of 23.4 cm(-1) at 77 K, whose amplitude tracks the increase of the first-order lifetime. PMID:27485190

  20. Enhancement of charge ordering by dynamic electron-phonon interaction

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    Singer, Andrej; Fullerton, Eric; Shpyrko, Oleg

    Symmetry breaking and emergence of order is one of the most fascinating phenomena in condensed matter physics and leads to a plethora of intriguing ground states such as in antiferromagnets, Mott insulators, superconductors, and density-wave systems. Exploiting non-equilibrium dynamics of matter following ultrafast external excitation can provide even more striking routes to symmetry-lowered, ordered states, for instance, by accessing hidden equilibrium states in the free-energy landscape or dynamic stabilization of non-equilibrium states. This is remarkable because ultrafast excitation typically creates disorder, reduces the order parameter, and raises the symmetry. Here, we demonstrate for the case of antiferromagnetic chromium that moderate photo-excitation can transiently enhance the charge-density-wave (CDW) order by up to 30% above its equilibrium value, while strong excitation leads to an oscillating, large-amplitude CDW state that persists above the equilibrium transition temperature. Both effects result from dynamic electron-phonon interaction, which provides an efficient mechanism to selectively transform a broad excitation of the electronic order into a well defined, long-lived coherent lattice vibration. This mechanism may be exploited to transiently enhance the order parameter in other systems with coupled electronic and lattice orders. The data was collected at the x-ray free electron laser LCLS at SLAC.

  1. Dynamical stabilization by phonon-phonon interaction exemplified in cubic zirconia

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    Souvatsos,; Rudin, Sven P

    2008-01-01

    Cubic zirconia exhibits a soft phonon mode (X{sup -}{sub 2}), which becomes dynamically unstable at low temperatures. Previous ab initio invest.igations into the temperature-induced stabilization of the soft mode treated it as an independent anharmonic oscillator. Calculations presented here, using the self consistent ab initio lattice dynamical (SCAILD) method to evaluate the phonons at 2570 K, show that the soft mode should not be treated independently of other phonon modes. Phonon-phonon interactions stabilize the X{sup -}{sub 2} mode. Furthermore, the effective potential experienced by the mode takes on a quadratic form.

  2. Neutron scattering studies of spin-phonon hybridization and superconducting spin gaps in the high-temperature superconductor La2-x(Sr,Ba)xCuO4

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    Wagman, J. J.; Carlo, J. P.; Gaudet, J.; Van Gastel, G.; Abernathy, D. L.; Stone, M. B.; Granroth, G. E.; Kolesnikov, A. I.; Savici, A. T.; Kim, Y. J.; Zhang, H.; Ellis, D.; Zhao, Y.; Clark, L.; Kallin, A. B.; Mazurek, E.; Dabkowska, H. A.; Gaulin, B. D.

    2016-03-01

    We present time-of-flight neutron scattering measurements on single crystals of La2-xBaxCuO4 (LBCO) with 0 ≤x ≤0.095 and La2-xSrxCuO4 (LSCO) with x =0.08 and 0.11. This range of dopings spans much of the phase diagram relevant to high-temperature cuprate superconductivity, ranging from insulating, three-dimensional commensurate long-range antiferromagnetic order, for x ≤0.02 , to two-dimensional (2D) incommensurate antiferromagnetism coexisting with superconductivity for x ≥0.05 . Previous work on lightly doped LBCO with x =0.035 showed a clear enhancement of the inelastic scattering coincident with the low-energy crossings of the highly dispersive spin excitations and quasi-2D optic phonons. The present work extends these measurements across the phase diagram and shows this enhancement to be a common feature to this family of layered quantum magnets. Furthermore, we show that the low-temperature, low-energy magnetic spectral weight is substantially larger for samples with nonsuperconducting ground states relative to any of the samples with superconducting ground states. Spin gaps, suppression of low-energy magnetic spectral weight as a function of decreasing temperature, are observed in both superconducting LBCO and LSCO samples, consistent with previous observations for superconducting LSCO.

  3. High Resolution Phonon-assisted Quasi-resonance Fluorescence Spectroscopy.

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    Czarnocki, Cyprian; Kerfoot, Mark L; Casara, Joshua; Jacobs, Andrew R; Jennings, Cameron; Scheibner, Michael

    2016-01-01

    High resolution optical spectroscopy methods are demanding in terms of either technology, equipment, complexity, time or a combination of these. Here we demonstrate an optical spectroscopy method that is capable of resolving spectral features beyond that of the spin fine structure and homogeneous linewidth of single quantum dots (QDs) using a standard, easy-to-use spectrometer setup. This method incorporates both laser and photoluminescence spectroscopy, combining the advantage of laser line-width limited resolution with multi-channel photoluminescence detection. Such a scheme allows for considerable improvement of resolution over that of a common single-stage spectrometer. The method uses phonons to assist in the measurement of the photoluminescence of a single quantum dot after resonant excitation of its ground state transition. The phonon's energy difference allows one to separate and filter out the laser light exciting the quantum dot. An advantageous feature of this method is its straight forward integration into standard spectroscopy setups, which are accessible to most researchers. PMID:27405015

  4. Parity assignments to strong dipole excitations of {sup 92}Zr and {sup 96}Mo

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    Fransen, C.; Werner, V.; Pietralla, N.; Tonchev, A.P.; Ahmed, M.W.; Perdue, B.; Sabourov, K.; Tornow, W.; Weller, H.R.; Chen, J.; Feldman, G.; Kneissl, U.; Pitz, H. H.; Li, J.; Litvinenko, V.N.; Pinayev, I.V.; Wu, Y.K.; Prior, R.; Spraker, M.; Yates, S.W.

    2004-10-01

    Parity quantum numbers for dipole-excited states of the nuclei {sup 92}Zr and {sup 96}Mo have been determined from azimuthal asymmetries of nuclear resonance fluorescence intensities induced with the linearly polarized photon beam of the HI{gamma}S facility at Duke University. This parity information is crucial for an interpretation of the investigated J=1 states as two-phonon excitations originating from inhomogeneous phonon coupling.

  5. Splash, pop, sizzle: Information processing with phononic computing

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    Sklan, Sophia R.

    2015-05-15

    Phonons, the quanta of mechanical vibration, are important to the transport of heat and sound in solid materials. Recent advances in the fundamental control of phonons (phononics) have brought into prominence the potential role of phonons in information processing. In this review, the many directions of realizing phononic computing and information processing are examined. Given the relative similarity of vibrational transport at different length scales, the related fields of acoustic, phononic, and thermal information processing are all included, as are quantum and classical computer implementations. Connections are made between the fundamental questions in phonon transport and phononic control and the device level approach to diodes, transistors, memory, and logic. .

  6. Nonlinear vortex-phonon interactions in a Bose–Einstein condensate

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    Mendonça, J. T.; Haas, F.; Gammal, A.

    2016-07-01

    We consider the nonlinear coupling between an exact vortex solution in a Bose–Einstein condensate and a spectrum of elementary excitations in the medium. These excitations, or Bogoliubov–de Gennes modes, are indeed a special kind of phonons. We treat the spectrum of elementary excitations in the medium as a gas of quantum particles, sometimes also called bogolons. An exact kinetic equation for the bogolon gas is derived, and an approximate form of this equation, valid in the quasi-classical limit, is also obtained. We study the energy transfer between the vortex and the bogolon gas, and establish conditions for vortex instability and damping.

  7. Enhanced electron-phonon coupling for a semiconductor charge qubit in a surface phonon cavity

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    Chen, J. C. H.; Sato, Y.; Kosaka, R.; Hashisaka, M.; Muraki, K.; Fujisawa, T.

    2015-01-01

    Electron-phonon coupling is a major decoherence mechanism, which often causes scattering and energy dissipation in semiconductor electronic systems. However, this electron-phonon coupling may be used in a positive way for reaching the strong or ultra-strong coupling regime in an acoustic version of the cavity quantum electrodynamic system. Here we propose and demonstrate a phonon cavity for surface acoustic waves, which is made of periodic metal fingers that constitute Bragg reflectors on a GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure. Phonon band gap and cavity phonon modes are identified by frequency, time and spatially resolved measurements of the piezoelectric potential. Tunneling spectroscopy on a double quantum dot indicates the enhancement of phonon assisted transitions in a charge qubit. This encourages studying of acoustic cavity quantum electrodynamics with surface phonons. PMID:26469629

  8. Enhanced electron-phonon coupling for a semiconductor charge qubit in a surface phonon cavity

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    Chen, J. C. H.; Sato, Y.; Kosaka, R.; Hashisaka, M.; Muraki, K.; Fujisawa, T.

    2015-10-01

    Electron-phonon coupling is a major decoherence mechanism, which often causes scattering and energy dissipation in semiconductor electronic systems. However, this electron-phonon coupling may be used in a positive way for reaching the strong or ultra-strong coupling regime in an acoustic version of the cavity quantum electrodynamic system. Here we propose and demonstrate a phonon cavity for surface acoustic waves, which is made of periodic metal fingers that constitute Bragg reflectors on a GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure. Phonon band gap and cavity phonon modes are identified by frequency, time and spatially resolved measurements of the piezoelectric potential. Tunneling spectroscopy on a double quantum dot indicates the enhancement of phonon assisted transitions in a charge qubit. This encourages studying of acoustic cavity quantum electrodynamics with surface phonons.

  9. Enhanced electron-phonon coupling for a semiconductor charge qubit in a surface phonon cavity.

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    Chen, J C H; Sato, Y; Kosaka, R; Hashisaka, M; Muraki, K; Fujisawa, T

    2015-01-01

    Electron-phonon coupling is a major decoherence mechanism, which often causes scattering and energy dissipation in semiconductor electronic systems. However, this electron-phonon coupling may be used in a positive way for reaching the strong or ultra-strong coupling regime in an acoustic version of the cavity quantum electrodynamic system. Here we propose and demonstrate a phonon cavity for surface acoustic waves, which is made of periodic metal fingers that constitute Bragg reflectors on a GaAs/AlGaAs heterostructure. Phonon band gap and cavity phonon modes are identified by frequency, time and spatially resolved measurements of the piezoelectric potential. Tunneling spectroscopy on a double quantum dot indicates the enhancement of phonon assisted transitions in a charge qubit. This encourages studying of acoustic cavity quantum electrodynamics with surface phonons. PMID:26469629

  10. Hydrodynamic phonon transport in suspended graphene.

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    Lee, Sangyeop; Broido, David; Esfarjani, Keivan; Chen, Gang

    2015-01-01

    Recent studies of thermal transport in nanomaterials have demonstrated the breakdown of Fourier's law through observations of ballistic transport. Despite its unique features, another instance of the breakdown of Fourier's law, hydrodynamic phonon transport, has drawn less attention because it has been observed only at extremely low temperatures and narrow temperature ranges in bulk materials. Here, we predict on the basis of first-principles calculations that the hydrodynamic phonon transport can occur in suspended graphene at significantly higher temperatures and wider temperature ranges than in bulk materials. The hydrodynamic transport is demonstrated through drift motion of phonons, phonon Poiseuille flow and second sound. The significant hydrodynamic phonon transport in graphene is associated with graphene's two-dimensional features. This work opens a new avenue for understanding and manipulating heat flow in two-dimensional materials. PMID:25693180

  11. Phononic crystals and elastodynamics: Some relevant points

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    Aravantinos-Zafiris, N.; Sigalas, M. M.; Kafesaki, M.; Economou, E. N.

    2014-12-15

    In the present paper we review briefly some of the first works on wave propagation in phononic crystals emphasizing the conditions for the creation of acoustic band-gaps and the role of resonances to the band-gap creation. We show that useful conclusions in the analysis of phononic band gap structures can be drawn by considering the mathematical similarities of the basic classical wave equation (Helmholtz equation) with Schrödinger equation and by employing basic solid state physics concepts and conclusions regarding electronic waves. In the second part of the paper we demonstrate the potential of phononic systems to be used as elastic metamaterials. This is done by demonstrating negative refraction in phononic crystals and subwavelength waveguiding in a linear chain of elastic inclusions, and by proposing a novel structure with close to pentamode behavior. Finally the potential of phononic structures to be used in liquid sensor applications is discussed and demonstrated.

  12. Lattice Boltzmann modeling of phonon transport

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    Guo, Yangyu; Wang, Moran

    2016-06-01

    A novel lattice Boltzmann scheme is proposed for phonon transport based on the phonon Boltzmann equation. Through the Chapman-Enskog expansion, the phonon lattice Boltzmann equation under the gray relaxation time approximation recovers the classical Fourier's law in the diffusive limit. The numerical parameters in the lattice Boltzmann model are therefore rigorously correlated to the bulk material properties. The new scheme does not only eliminate the fictitious phonon speed in the diagonal direction of a square lattice system in the previous lattice Boltzmann models, but also displays very robust performances in predicting both temperature and heat flux distributions consistent with analytical solutions for diverse numerical cases, including steady-state and transient, macroscale and microscale, one-dimensional and multi-dimensional phonon heat transport. This method may provide a powerful numerical tool for deep studies of nonlinear and nonlocal heat transports in nanosystems.

  13. Shape Co-existence in ^174Pt

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    Goon, J. Tm.; Hartley, D. J.; Danchev, M.; Riedinger, L. L.; Zeidan, O.; Kondev, F. G.; Carpenter, M. P.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Abu Saleem, K. H.; Ahmad, I.; Davids, C. N.; Heinz, A.; Khoo, T. L.; Lauritsen, T. L.; Lister, C. J.; Poli, G. L.; Ressler, J.; Seweryniak, D.; Wiedenhover, I.; Ma, W. C.; Amro, H.; Reviol, W.; Cizewski, J. A.; Smith, M.

    2002-10-01

    Nuclei near the region of the proton drip-line and Z = 82 shell have been a subject of great interest with repect to the phenomenon of shape co-existence. In fact, evidence for the spherical, prolate and oblate shapes within the same nucleus has been presented in ^186Pbte1, ^179Hgte2 and ^175Aute3. Deformed ground-state sequences resulting from particle-hole excitations across the Z=82 gap are found to cross the near spherical vacuum structure at low spin(I6). A classic example of this, is found in ^174Ptte4. This nucleus was produced in an experiment following the bombardment of ^92,94Mo targets position with a ^84Sr beam from the ATLAS facility at Argonne National Laboratory. The experiment utilized the GAMMASPHERE array at the target position in conjunction with the Fragment Mass Analyzer(FMA) for mass identification. The ground-state band in ^174Pt has been extended from I = 14^+ to 26^+ and a new side band is observed up to spin greater than (20^-). Based on systematics, it is likely that this sequence is an octupole vibration at low spin, but is crossed by a two-quasiparticle configuration at higher spin. There is also evidence that the side-band in ^174Pt displays transition from a spherical to a more deformed shape, which is similar to the ground-state band. 99 1 A. N. Andreyev et al., Nature 405,430 (2000). 2 F. G. Kondev et al., Phys. Lett. B528, 221 (2002). 3 F. G. Kondev et al., Phys. Lett. B512, 268 (2001) 4 G.D. Dracoulis et al., Phys. Rev. C44, R1246 (1991). thebibliography

  14. Theory of phonon-modified quantum dot photoluminescence intensity in structured photonic reservoirs.

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    Roy-Choudhury, Kaushik; Hughes, Stephen

    2015-04-15

    The spontaneous emission rate of a quantum dot coupled to a structured photonic reservoir is determined by the frequency dependence of its local density of photon states. Through phonon-dressing, a breakdown of Fermi's golden rule can occur for certain photonic structures whose photon decay time becomes comparable to the longitudinal acoustic phonon decay times. We present a polaron master equation model to calculate the photoluminescence intensity from a coherently excited quantum dot coupled to a structured photonic reservoir. We consider examples of a semiconductor microcavity and a coupled cavity waveguide, and show clear photoluminescence intensity spectral features that contain unique signatures of the interplay between phonon and photon bath coupling. PMID:25872087

  15. Electron-phonon processes of the nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond

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    Plakhotnik, Taras; Doherty, Marcus W.; Manson, Neil B.

    2015-08-01

    Applications of the negatively charged nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond exploit the center's unique optical and spin properties, which at ambient temperature are predominately governed by electron-phonon interactions. Here, we investigate these interactions at ambient and elevated temperatures by observing the motional narrowing of the center's excited-state spin resonances. We determine that the center's Jahn-Teller dynamics are much slower than currently believed and that they do not solely account for the broadening of the center's optical resonance above cryogenic temperatures. We show that the inclusion of interactions with symmetric phonon modes can explain the observed broadening and resolve the current inconsistencies in the literature. However, our model also reveals unexpected features of the electron-phonon processes that coincide with other poorly understood vibronic features of the center and require further investigation.

  16. Adequacy of damped dynamics to represent the electron-phonon interaction in solids

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    Caro, A.; Correa, A. A.; Tamm, A.; Samolyuk, G. D.; Stocks, G. M.

    2015-10-16

    In time-dependent density functional theory and Ehrenfest dynamics are used to calculate the electronic excitations produced by a moving Ni ion in a Ni crystal in the case of energetic MeV range (electronic stopping power regime), as well as thermal energy meV range (electron-phonon interaction regime). Results at high energy compare well to experimental databases of stopping power, and at low energy the electron-phonon interaction strength determined in this way is very similar to the linear response calculation and experimental measurements. Our approach to electron-phonon interaction as an electronic stopping process provides the basis for a unified framework to performmore » classical molecular dynamics of ion-solid interaction with ab initio type nonadiabatic terms in a wide range of energies.« less

  17. Hyperbolic phonon-polaritons in boron nitride for near-field optical imaging and focusing

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    Li, Peining; Lewin, Martin; Kretinin, Andrey V.; Caldwell, Joshua D.; Novoselov, Kostya S.; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Gaussmann, Fabian; Taubner, Thomas

    2015-06-01

    Hyperbolic materials exhibit sub-diffractional, highly directional, volume-confined polariton modes. Here we report that hyperbolic phonon polaritons allow for a flat slab of hexagonal boron nitride to enable exciting near-field optical applications, including unusual imaging phenomenon (such as an enlarged reconstruction of investigated objects) and sub-diffractional focusing. Both the enlarged imaging and the super-resolution focusing are explained based on the volume-confined, wavelength dependent propagation angle of hyperbolic phonon polaritons. With advanced infrared nanoimaging techniques and state-of-art mid-infrared laser sources, we have succeeded in demonstrating and visualizing these unexpected phenomena in both Type I and Type II hyperbolic conditions, with both occurring naturally within hexagonal boron nitride. These efforts have provided a full and intuitive physical picture for the understanding of the role of hyperbolic phonon polaritons in near-field optical imaging, guiding, and focusing applications.

  18. Low-loss, infrared and terahertz nanophotonics using surface phonon polaritons

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    Caldwell, Joshua D.; Lindsay, Lucas; Giannini, Vincenzo; Vurgaftman, Igor; Reinecke, Thomas L.; Maier, Stefan A.; Glembocki, Orest J.

    2015-04-01

    The excitation of surface-phonon-polariton (SPhP) modes in polar dielectric crystals and the associated new developments in the field of SPhPs are reviewed. The emphasis of this work is on providing an understanding of the general phenomenon, including the origin of the Reststrahlen band, the role that optical phonons in polar dielectric lattices play in supporting sub-diffraction-limited modes and how the relatively long optical phonon lifetimes can lead to the low optical losses observed within these materials. Based on this overview, the achievements attained to date and the potential technological advantages of these materials are discussed for localized modes in nanostructures, propagating modes on surfaces and in waveguides and novel metamaterial designs, with the goal of realizing low-loss nanophotonics and metamaterials in the mid-infrared to terahertz spectral ranges.

  19. Hyperbolic phonon-polaritons in boron nitride for near-field optical imaging and focusing.

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    Li, Peining; Lewin, Martin; Kretinin, Andrey V; Caldwell, Joshua D; Novoselov, Kostya S; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Gaussmann, Fabian; Taubner, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    Hyperbolic materials exhibit sub-diffractional, highly directional, volume-confined polariton modes. Here we report that hyperbolic phonon polaritons allow for a flat slab of hexagonal boron nitride to enable exciting near-field optical applications, including unusual imaging phenomenon (such as an enlarged reconstruction of investigated objects) and sub-diffractional focusing. Both the enlarged imaging and the super-resolution focusing are explained based on the volume-confined, wavelength dependent propagation angle of hyperbolic phonon polaritons. With advanced infrared nanoimaging techniques and state-of-art mid-infrared laser sources, we have succeeded in demonstrating and visualizing these unexpected phenomena in both Type I and Type II hyperbolic conditions, with both occurring naturally within hexagonal boron nitride. These efforts have provided a full and intuitive physical picture for the understanding of the role of hyperbolic phonon polaritons in near-field optical imaging, guiding, and focusing applications. PMID:26112474

  20. Adequacy of damped dynamics to represent the electron-phonon interaction in solids

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    Caro, A.; Correa, A. A.; Tamm, A.; Samolyuk, G. D.; Stocks, G. M.

    2015-10-01

    Time-dependent density functional theory and Ehrenfest dynamics are used to calculate the electronic excitations produced by a moving Ni ion in a Ni crystal in the case of energetic MeV range (electronic stopping power regime), as well as thermal energy meV range (electron-phonon interaction regime). Results at high energy compare well to experimental databases of stopping power, and at low energy the electron-phonon interaction strength determined in this way is very similar to the linear response calculation and experimental measurements. This approach to electron-phonon interaction as an electronic stopping process provides the basis for a unified framework to perform classical molecular dynamics of ion-solid interaction with ab initio type nonadiabatic terms in a wide range of energies.

  1. Hyperbolic phonon-polaritons in boron nitride for near-field optical imaging and focusing

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    Li, Peining; Lewin, Martin; Kretinin, Andrey V.; Caldwell, Joshua D.; Novoselov, Kostya S.; Taniguchi, Takashi; Watanabe, Kenji; Gaussmann, Fabian; Taubner, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    Hyperbolic materials exhibit sub-diffractional, highly directional, volume-confined polariton modes. Here we report that hyperbolic phonon polaritons allow for a flat slab of hexagonal boron nitride to enable exciting near-field optical applications, including unusual imaging phenomenon (such as an enlarged reconstruction of investigated objects) and sub-diffractional focusing. Both the enlarged imaging and the super-resolution focusing are explained based on the volume-confined, wavelength dependent propagation angle of hyperbolic phonon polaritons. With advanced infrared nanoimaging techniques and state-of-art mid-infrared laser sources, we have succeeded in demonstrating and visualizing these unexpected phenomena in both Type I and Type II hyperbolic conditions, with both occurring naturally within hexagonal boron nitride. These efforts have provided a full and intuitive physical picture for the understanding of the role of hyperbolic phonon polaritons in near-field optical imaging, guiding, and focusing applications. PMID:26112474

  2. Adequacy of damped dynamics to represent the electron-phonon interaction in solids

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    Caro, A.; Correa, A. A.; Tamm, A.; Samolyuk, G. D.; Stocks, G. M.

    2015-10-16

    In time-dependent density functional theory and Ehrenfest dynamics are used to calculate the electronic excitations produced by a moving Ni ion in a Ni crystal in the case of energetic MeV range (electronic stopping power regime), as well as thermal energy meV range (electron-phonon interaction regime). Results at high energy compare well to experimental databases of stopping power, and at low energy the electron-phonon interaction strength determined in this way is very similar to the linear response calculation and experimental measurements. Our approach to electron-phonon interaction as an electronic stopping process provides the basis for a unified framework to perform classical molecular dynamics of ion-solid interaction with ab initio type nonadiabatic terms in a wide range of energies.

  3. Calculation of energy relaxation rates of fast particles by phonons in crystals

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    Prange, Micah P.; Campbell, Luke W.; Wu, Dangxin; Gao, Fei; Kerisit, Sebastien N.

    2015-03-01

    We present ab initio calculations of the temperature-dependent exchange of energy between a classical charged point-particle and the phonons of a crystalline material. The phonons, which are computed using density functional perturbation theory (DFPT) methods, interact with the mov- ing particle via the Coulomb interaction between the density induced in the material by phonon excitation and the charge of the classical particle. Energy relaxation rates are computed using time- dependent perturbation theory. The method, which is applicable wherever DFPT is, is illustrated with results for CsI, an important scintillator whose performance is affected by electron thermal- ization. We discuss the influence of the form assumed for quasiparticle dispersion on theoretical estimates of electron cooling rates.

  4. Long-Lived, Coherent Acoustic Phonon Oscillations in GaN Single Crystals

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    Wu, S.; Geiser, P.; Jun, J.; Karpinski, J.; Park, J.-R.; Sobolewski, R.

    2006-01-31

    We report on coherent acoustic phonon (CAP) oscillations studied in high-quality bulk GaN single crystals with a two-color femtosecond optical pump-probe technique. Using a far-above-the-band gap ultraviolet excitation (~270 nm wavelength) and a near-infrared probe beam (~810 nm wavelength), the long-lived, CAP transients were observed within a 10 ns time-delay window between the pump and probe pulses, with a dispersionless (proportional to the probe-beam wave vector) frequency of ~45 GHz. The measured CAP attenuation corresponded directly to the absorption of the probe light in bulk GaN, indicating that the actual (intrinsic) phonon-wave attenuation in our crystals was significantly smaller than the measured 65.8 cm^-1 value. The velocity of the phonon propagation was equal to the velocity of sound in GaN.

  5. Thermal conductivity in large-J two-dimensional antiferromagnets: Role of phonon scattering

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    Chernyshev, A. L.; Brenig, Wolfram

    2015-08-05

    Different types of relaxation processes for magnon heat current are discussed, with a particular focus on coupling to three-dimensional phonons. There is thermal conductivity by these in-plane magnetic excitations using two distinct techniques: Boltzmann formalism within the relaxation-time approximation and memory-function approach. Also considered are the scattering of magnons by both acoustic and optical branches of phonons. We demonstrate an accord between the two methods, regarding the asymptotic behavior of the effective relaxation rates. It is strongly suggested that scattering from optical or zone-boundary phonons is important for magnon heat current relaxation in a high-temperature window of ΘD≲T<< J.

  6. Spatial Complementarity and the Coexistence of Species

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    Velázquez, Jorge; Garrahan, Juan P.; Eichhorn, Markus P.

    2014-01-01

    Coexistence of apparently similar species remains an enduring paradox in ecology. Spatial structure has been predicted to enable coexistence even when population-level models predict competitive exclusion if it causes each species to limit its own population more than that of its competitor. Nevertheless, existing hypotheses conflict with regard to whether clustering favours or precludes coexistence. The spatial segregation hypothesis predicts that in clustered populations the frequency of intra-specific interactions will be increased, causing each species to be self-limiting. Alternatively, individuals of the same species might compete over greater distances, known as heteromyopia, breaking down clusters and opening space for a second species to invade. In this study we create an individual-based model in homogeneous two-dimensional space for two putative sessile species differing only in their demographic rates and the range and strength of their competitive interactions. We fully characterise the parameter space within which coexistence occurs beyond population-level predictions, thereby revealing a region of coexistence generated by a previously-unrecognised process which we term the triadic mechanism. Here coexistence occurs due to the ability of a second generation of offspring of the rarer species to escape competition from their ancestors. We diagnose the conditions under which each of three spatial coexistence mechanisms operates and their characteristic spatial signatures. Deriving insights from a novel metric — ecological pressure — we demonstrate that coexistence is not solely determined by features of the numerically-dominant species. This results in a common framework for predicting, given any pair of species and knowledge of the relevant parameters, whether they will coexist, the mechanism by which they will do so, and the resultant spatial pattern of the community. Spatial coexistence arises from complementary combinations of traits in each

  7. Lattice and magnetic excitations in NdFe3(BO3)4

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    Lobo, Ricardo

    We measured the temperature dependent polarized infrared spectra of multiferroic NdFe3(BO3)4. The spectra is mostly temperature independent except for the lowest energy phonon in the hexagonal plane. This phonon splits into two at around 60 K, a temperature sensibly larger than the system Néel temperature of 31 K. X-ray scattering indicates that the lattice parameters have an anomaly at the same temperature that the phonon splits. Using inelastic neutron scattering we looked for magnetic excitations that could explain be coupled to phonons. Momentum and energy dispersion curves around the magnetic Bragg peaks show magnetic excitations at energies comparable to the split phonon. We will discuss these results in terms of magnetic fluctuations and activation of Brillouin zone boundary modes.

  8. Dynamics of phonons in Sr3Ir4Sn13: an experimental study by ultrafast spectroscopy measurements

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    Luo, C. W.; Cheng, P. C.; Tu, C. M.; Kuo, C. N.; Wang, C. M.; Lue, C. S.

    2016-07-01

    We report a study of ultrafast dynamics of photoexcited electrons and phonons in Sr3Ir4Sn13 using dual-color transient reflectivity change ({{Δ }}R/R) measurements. Time resolved optical spectroscopy of collective excitations reveal the marked features near its structural phase transition temperature {T}* ≃ 147 K. Two distinctive oscillatory timescales in {{Δ }}R/R have been clearly resolved. The rapid THz-range oscillations are attributed to the dynamics of the optical phonons which strongly correlate to the structural phase transition. The slow GHz-range oscillatory phenomenon which only occurs below about 150 K is associated with the dynamic response of the longitudinal-acoustic phonons. These low-energy phonons show a softening feature on approaching the transition temperature, also indicating a strong relevance to the structural phase transition. The information that we demonstrated would provide a deeper understanding of the structural phase transition in Sr3Ir4Sn13.

  9. Shape Coexistence in ^72Se

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    Lister, C. J.; Fischer, S. M.; McCutchan, E. A.; Ahn, T.; Casperson, R. J.; Heinz, A.; Ilie, G.; Qian, J.; Williams, E.; Winkler, R.

    2009-10-01

    One of the original candidates for shape co-existence in nuclei was ^72Se [1,2]. We have collected extensive new data, both ``in-beam'' following the ^40Ca(^36Ar,4p)^72Se reaction using Gammasphere at Argonne's ATLAS accelerator, and from the decay of ^72Br populated in the ^58Ni(^16O,pn) reaction studied at WNSL Yale. A new J^π=0^+ state was found at 1876 keV, the published [2] decay scheme was corrected, and twenty-six new levels were established. This detailed spectroscopy of low-lying states helps to delineate the two shape minima. The mixing of prolate-deformed and near-spherical states can be now quantified, and the gamma decay path from high-spin can be followed. The inferred groundstate shape is consistent with trends in experiment and calculation of the selenium isotopes [3,4]. [4pt] [1] J.H. Hamilton, et al., Phys. Rev. Letts. 32 239 (1974)[0pt] [2] W.E. Collins, et al., Phys.Rev. C9, 1457 (1974)[0pt] [3] S.M. Fischer, et al., Phys.Rev.Lett. 84, 4064 (2000)[0pt] [4] J. Ljungvall, et al., Phys.Rev.Lett. 100, 102502 (2008)

  10. Intermittent control of coexisting attractors.

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    Liu, Yang; Wiercigroch, Marian; Ing, James; Pavlovskaia, Ekaterina

    2013-06-28

    This paper proposes a new control method applicable for a class of non-autonomous dynamical systems that naturally exhibit coexisting attractors. The central idea is based on knowledge of a system's basins of attraction, with control actions being applied intermittently in the time domain when the actual trajectory satisfies a proximity constraint with regards to the desired trajectory. This intermittent control uses an impulsive force to perturb one of the system attractors in order to switch the system response onto another attractor. This is carried out by bringing the perturbed state into the desired basin of attraction. The method has been applied to control both smooth and non-smooth systems, with the Duffing and impact oscillators used as examples. The strength of the intermittent control force is also considered, and a constrained intermittent control law is introduced to investigate the effect of limited control force on the efficiency of the controller. It is shown that increasing the duration of the control action and/or the number of control actuations allows one to successfully switch between the stable attractors using a lower control force. Numerical and experimental results are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method. PMID:23690639

  11. Competitive coexistence in stoichiometric chaos.

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    Deng, Bo; Loladze, Irakli

    2007-09-01

    Classical predator-prey models, such as Lotka-Volterra, track the abundance of prey, but ignore its quality. Yet, in the past decade, some new and occasionally counterintuitive effects of prey quality on food web dynamics emerged from both experiments and mathematical modeling. The underpinning of this work is the theory of ecological stoichiometry that is centered on the fact that each organism is a mixture of multiple chemical elements such as carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P). The ratios of these elements can vary within and among species, providing simple ways to represent prey quality as its C:N or C:P ratios. When these ratios modeled to vary, as they frequently do in nature, seemingly paradoxical results can arise such as the extinction of a predator that has an abundant and accessible prey. Here, for the first time, we show analytically that the reduction in prey quality can give rise to chaotic oscillations. In particular, when competing predators differ in their sensitivity to prey quality then all species can coexist via chaotic fluctuations. The chaos generating mechanism is based on the existence of a junction-fold point on the nullcline surfaces of the species. Conditions on parameters are found for such a point, and the singular perturbation method and the kneading sequence analysis are used to demonstrate the existence of a period-doubling cascade to chaos as a result of the point. PMID:17902990

  12. Competitive coexistence in stoichiometric chaos

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    Deng, Bo; Loladze, Irakli

    2007-09-01

    Classical predator-prey models, such as Lotka-Volterra, track the abundance of prey, but ignore its quality. Yet, in the past decade, some new and occasionally counterintuitive effects of prey quality on food web dynamics emerged from both experiments and mathematical modeling. The underpinning of this work is the theory of ecological stoichiometry that is centered on the fact that each organism is a mixture of multiple chemical elements such as carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and phosphorus (P). The ratios of these elements can vary within and among species, providing simple ways to represent prey quality as its C:N or C:P ratios. When these ratios modeled to vary, as they frequently do in nature, seemingly paradoxical results can arise such as the extinction of a predator that has an abundant and accessible prey. Here, for the first time, we show analytically that the reduction in prey quality can give rise to chaotic oscillations. In particular, when competing predators differ in their sensitivity to prey quality then all species can coexist via chaotic fluctuations. The chaos generating mechanism is based on the existence of a junction-fold point on the nullcline surfaces of the species. Conditions on parameters are found for such a point, and the singular perturbation method and the kneading sequence analysis are used to demonstrate the existence of a period-doubling cascade to chaos as a result of the point.

  13. New Features of Shape Coexistence in {sup 152}Sm

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    Garrett, P. E.; Kulp, W. D.; Wood, J. L.; Bandyopadhyay, D.; Choudry, S.; Lesher, S. R.; McEllistrem, M. T.; Mynk, M.; Orce, J. N.; Yates, S. W.; Dashdorj, D.

    2009-08-07

    Excited states in {sup 152}Sm have been investigated with the {sup 152}Sm(n,n{sup '}gamma) reaction. The lowest four negative-parity band structures have been characterized in detail with respect to their absolute decay properties. Specifically, a new K{sup p}i=0{sup -} band has been assigned with its 1{sup -} band head at 1681 keV. This newly observed band has a remarkable similarity in its E1 transition rates for decay to the first excited K{sup p}i=0{sup +} band at 684 keV to the lowest K{sup p}i=0{sup -} band and its decay to the ground-state band. Based on these decay properties, as well as energy considerations, this new band is assigned as a K{sup p}i=0{sup -} octupole excitation based on the K{sup p}i=0{sub 2}{sup +} state. An emerging pattern of repeating excitations built on the 0{sub 2}{sup +} level similar to those built on the ground state may indicate that {sup 152}Sm is a complex example of shape coexistence rather than a critical point nucleus.

  14. Quantum transport and dynamics of phonons in mesoscopic systems

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    Santamore, Deborah Hannah

    Recent advances in nanotechnology have shrunk the size of rnesoscopic structures. This allows us to investigate the quantum mechanics of mechanical oscillators. In this thesis we focus on two aspects. In Part I, an individual discrete mode structure of an oscillator and its effect to thermal conductance have been thoroughly examined: Specifically, we investigated the reduction in the thermal conductance in the quantum limit due to phonon scattering by surface roughness, first using scalar waves, then using full three dimensional elasticity theory for an elastic beam with a rectangular cross section. At low frequencies, we find power laws for the scattering coefficients that are strongly mode dependent, and different from the results deriving from Rayleigh scattering of scalar waves, that is often assumed. The scattering gives temperature dependent contributions to the reduction in thermal conductance with the same power laws. At higher frequencies, the scattering coefficient becomes large at the onset frequency of each mode due to the flat dispersion. We use our results to attempt a quantitative understanding of the suppression of the thermal conductance from the universal value observed in experiment. As individual phonon energy becomes comparable to or greater than the thermal energy, the individual phonon dynamics within each mode can be resolved. In Part II, we examine a possibility of detecting individual quanta of a system: We investigate a scheme that makes a quantum non-demolition measurement of the excitation level of a mesoscopic mechanical oscillator by utilizing the anharmonic coupling between two bending modes of an elastic beam. The non-linear coupling between the two modes shifts the resonant frequency of the readout oscillator proportionate to the excitation of the system oscillator. This frequency shift may be detected as a phase shift of the readout oscillation when driven on resonance. We show that in an appropriate regime this measurement

  15. Coherent gigahertz phonons in Ge₂Sb₂Te₅ phase-change materials.

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    Hase, Muneaki; Fons, Paul; Kolobov, Alexander V; Tominaga, Junji

    2015-12-01

    Using ≈40 fs ultrashort laser pulses, we investigate the picosecond acoustic response from a prototypical phase change material, thin Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) films with various thicknesses. After excitation with a 1.53 eV-energy pulse with a fluence of ≈5 mJ cm(-2), the time-resolved reflectivity change exhibits transient electronic response, followed by a combination of exponential-like strain and coherent acoustic phonons in the gigahertz (GHz) frequency range. The time-domain shape of the coherent acoustic pulse is well reproduced by the use of the strain model by Thomsen et al 1986 (Phys. Rev. B 34 4129). We found that the decay rate (the inverse of the relaxation time) of the acoustic phonon both in the amorphous and in the crystalline phases decreases as the film thickness increases. The thickness dependence of the acoustic phonon decay is well modeled based on both phonon-defect scattering and acoustic phonon attenuation at the GST/Si interface, and it is revealed that those scattering and attenuation are larger in crystalline GST films than those in amorphous GST films. PMID:26570991

  16. Coherent gigahertz phonons in Ge2Sb2Te5 phase-change materials

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    Hase, Muneaki; Fons, Paul; Kolobov, Alexander V.; Tominaga, Junji

    2015-12-01

    Using ≈ 40 fs ultrashort laser pulses, we investigate the picosecond acoustic response from a prototypical phase change material, thin Ge2Sb2Te5 (GST) films with various thicknesses. After excitation with a 1.53 eV-energy pulse with a fluence of ≈ 5 mJ cm-2, the time-resolved reflectivity change exhibits transient electronic response, followed by a combination of exponential-like strain and coherent acoustic phonons in the gigahertz (GHz) frequency range. The time-domain shape of the coherent acoustic pulse is well reproduced by the use of the strain model by Thomsen et al 1986 (Phys. Rev. B 34 4129). We found that the decay rate (the inverse of the relaxation time) of the acoustic phonon both in the amorphous and in the crystalline phases decreases as the film thickness increases. The thickness dependence of the acoustic phonon decay is well modeled based on both phonon-defect scattering and acoustic phonon attenuation at the GST/Si interface, and it is revealed that those scattering and attenuation are larger in crystalline GST films than those in amorphous GST films.

  17. Flow stabilization by subsurface phonons

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    Hussein, M. I.; Biringen, S.; Bilal, O. R.; Kucala, A.

    2015-01-01

    The interaction between a fluid and a solid surface in relative motion represents a dynamical process that is central to the problem of laminar-to-turbulent transition (and consequent drag increase) for air, sea and land vehicles, as well as long-range pipelines. This problem may in principle be alleviated via a control stimulus designed to impede the generation and growth of instabilities inherent in the flow. Here, we show that phonon motion underneath a surface may be tuned to passively generate a spatio-temporal elastic deformation profile at the surface that counters these instabilities. We theoretically demonstrate this phenomenon and the underlying mechanism of frequency-dependent destructive interference of the unstable flow waves. The converse process of flow destabilization is illustrated as well. This approach provides a condensed-matter physics treatment to fluid–structure interaction and a new paradigm for flow control. PMID:27547095

  18. Two-Dimensional Phononic Crystals: Disorder Matters.

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    Wagner, Markus R; Graczykowski, Bartlomiej; Reparaz, Juan Sebastian; El Sachat, Alexandros; Sledzinska, Marianna; Alzina, Francesc; Sotomayor Torres, Clivia M

    2016-09-14

    The design and fabrication of phononic crystals (PnCs) hold the key to control the propagation of heat and sound at the nanoscale. However, there is a lack of experimental studies addressing the impact of order/disorder on the phononic properties of PnCs. Here, we present a comparative investigation of the influence of disorder on the hypersonic and thermal properties of two-dimensional PnCs. PnCs of ordered and disordered lattices are fabricated of circular holes with equal filling fractions in free-standing Si membranes. Ultrafast pump and probe spectroscopy (asynchronous optical sampling) and Raman thermometry based on a novel two-laser approach are used to study the phononic properties in the gigahertz (GHz) and terahertz (THz) regime, respectively. Finite element method simulations of the phonon dispersion relation and three-dimensional displacement fields furthermore enable the unique identification of the different hypersonic vibrations. The increase of surface roughness and the introduction of short-range disorder are shown to modify the phonon dispersion and phonon coherence in the hypersonic (GHz) range without affecting the room-temperature thermal conductivity. On the basis of these findings, we suggest a criteria for predicting phonon coherence as a function of roughness and disorder. PMID:27580163

  19. Quantum theory of the emission spectrum from quantum dots coupled to structured photonic reservoirs and acoustic phonons

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    Roy-Choudhury, Kaushik; Hughes, Stephen

    2015-11-01

    Electron-phonon coupling in semiconductor quantum dots plays a significant role in determining the optical properties of excited excitons, especially the spectral nature of emitted photons. This paper presents a comprehensive theory and analysis of emission spectra from artificial atoms or quantum dots coupled to structured photon reservoirs and acoustic phonons, when excited with incoherent pump fields. As specific examples of structured reservoirs, we chose a Lorentzian cavity and a slow-light coupled-cavity waveguide, which have both been explored experimentally. For the case of optical cavities, we directly compare and contrast the spectra from three well-known and distinct theoretical approaches to treat electron-phonon coupling, including a Markovian polaron master equation, a non-Markovian phonon correlation expansion technique, and a semiclassical linear susceptibility approach, and we point out the limitations of these models. For the cavity-QED polaron master equation, which treats the cavity-mode operator at the level of a system operator, we give closed form analytical solutions to the phonon-assisted scattering rates in the weak excitation approximation, fully accounting for temperature, cavity-exciton detuning, and cavity-dot coupling. We also show explicitly why the semiclassical linear susceptibility approach fails to correctly account for phonon-mediated cavity feeding. For weakly coupled cavities, we calculate the optical spectra using a more general photon reservoir polaron master-equation approach, and explain its differences from the above approaches in the low-Q limit of a Lorentzian cavity. We subsequently use this general reservoir approach to calculate the emission spectra from quantum dots coupled to slow-light photonic crystal waveguides, which demonstrate a number of striking photon-phonon coupling effects.

  20. Nonequilibrium kinetics of the electron–phonon sybsystem of a crystal in a strong electric field as a base of the electroplastic effect

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    Karas, V. I. Vlasenko, A. M.; Sokolenko, V. I.; Zakharov, V. E.

    2015-09-15

    We present the results of a kinetic analysis of nonequilibrium dynamics of the electron–phonon system of a crystal in a strong electric field based on the proposed method of numerically solving a set of Boltzmann equations for electron and phonon distribution functions without expanding the electron distribution function into a series in the phonon energy. It is shown that the electric field action excites the electron subsystem, which by transferring energy to the phonon subsystem creates a large amount of short-wave phonons that effectively influence the lattice defects (point, lines, boundaries of different phases), which results in a redistribution of and decrease in the lattice defect density, in damage healing, in a decrease in the local peak stress, and a decrease in the degradation level of the construction material properties.

  1. Coexistence in dipolar fluids in a field

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    Stevens, Mark J.; Grest, Gary S.

    1994-06-01

    We examine two phase coexistence for soft sphere dipolar fluids in an applied field, H. Besides being a fundamental test system for theory, dipolar fluids are used as models for ferrofluids. Gibbs ensemble simulations were performed to determine the coexistence curve and an estimate of the critical temperature, Tc, and density, ρc, as a function of applied magnetic field. In zero field we show that coexistence most likely does not occur and if it does can only do so in a narrow range of densities much lower than predicted theoretically. We discuss the structure of soft sphere dipolar systems, which turns out to be much more complex than previously thought.

  2. Ab Initio Calculations of Excited Carrier Dynamics in Gallium Nitride

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    Jhalani, Vatsal; Bernardi, Marco

    Bulk wurtzite GaN is the primary material for blue light-emission technology. The radiative processes in GaN are regulated by the dynamics of excited (or so-called ``hot'') carriers, through microscopic processes not yet completely understood. We present ab initio calculations of electron-phonon (e-ph) scattering rates for hot carriers in GaN. Our work combines density functional theory to compute the electronic states, and density functional perturbation theory to obtain the phonon dispersions and e-ph coupling matrix elements. These quantities are interpolated on fine Brillouin zone grids with maximally localized Wannier functions, to converge the e-ph scattering rates within 5 eV of the band edges. We resolve the contribution of the different phonon modes to the total scattering rate, and study the impact on the relaxation times of the long-range Fröhlich interaction due to the longitudinal-optical phonon modes.

  3. {alpha} transitions to coexisting 0{sup +} states in Pb and Po isotopes

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    Xu Chang; Ren Zhongzhou

    2007-04-15

    The {alpha}-transitions ({delta}l=0) to ground and first excited 0{sup +} states in neutron deficient Pb and Po isotopes are systematically analyzed by the density-dependent cluster model. The magnitude of nuclear deformation of the coexisting 0{sub 1}{sup +} and 0{sub 2}{sup +} states is extracted directly from the experimental {alpha}-decay energies and half-lives. The phenomenon of shape coexistence around the Z=82 shell closure is clearly demonstrated in our present analysis. The obtained deformation values from Rn {yields} Po {yields} Pb decay chains are generally consistent with both the available experimental and theoretical studies.

  4. Collective quadrupole behavior in 46106Pd: deficit of E2 strength of the three-phonon levels

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    Prados-Estévez, F. M.; Chakraborty, A.; Peters, E. E.; Mynk, M. G.; Bandyopadhyay, D.; Boukharouba, N.; Choudry, S. N.; Crider, B. P.; Kumar, A.; Lesher, S. R.; McKay, C. J.; McEllistrem, M. T.; Mukhopadhyay, S.; Orce, J. N.; Scheck, M.; Yates, S. W.; Garrett, P. E.; Hicks, S. F.; Vanhoy, J. R.; Wood, J. L.

    2013-10-01

    The low-lying excited states in 106Pd exhibit a structure that resembles a 3-phonon quituplet, thus making 106Pd an excellent candidate for a ``good quadrupole vibrator.'' To examine this possibility, excited states in 106Pd were investigated using the (n ,n' γ) reaction at the University of Kentucky. Level lifetimes, spins, transition multipolarities, and multipole mixing ratios were determined. The feeding to the proposed two-phonon triplet of states Jπ(Ex,keV) = 4+(1229), 2+(1128) and 0+(1134) was studied for states up to ~3 MeV, and observed E2 decay strength sums were < 50% of that expected for low-energy quadrupole vibrational collective behavior. This deficiency of strength cannot be explained by considering the fragmentation of the three-phonon states. This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. NSF under Grant No. PHY-0956310.

  5. Phonons of the cis-polyacetylene chain

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    Faulques, Eric; Buisson, Jean-Pierre; Lefrant, Serge

    1995-12-01

    An investigation of the in-plane phonons of the cis-polyacetylene chain (CH)x and isotopic analogs (CD)x and (13CH)x is presented on the basis of a Fourier's dynamical D-matrix formalism. The conjugation is found to be similar to that of the trans-polyacetylene chain. Phonon dispersions have been calculated and follow the shapes predicted by Božović. Finally, the most interesting result is that phonon density of states exhibits van Hove singularities whose energies are close to those determined experimentally with incoherent inelastic neutron scattering.

  6. Harvesting vibrations via 3D phononic isolators

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    Psarobas, Ioannis E.; Yannopapas, Vassilios; Matikas, Theodore E.

    2016-05-01

    We report on the existence of unidirectional phononic band gaps that may span over extended regions of the Brillouin zone and can find application in trapping elastic (acoustic) waves in properly designed multilayered 3D structures. Phononic isolators operate as a result of asymmetrical wave transmission through a slab of a crystallographic phononic structure with broken mirror symmetry. Due to the use of lossless materials in the crystal, the absorption rate is dramatically enhanced when the proposed isolator is placed next to a vibrational harvesting cell. xml:lang="fr"

  7. Electrons and Phonons in Semiconductor Multilayers

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    Ridley, B. K.

    2014-08-01

    Introduction; 1. Simple models of the electron-phonon interaction; 2. Quantum confinement of carriers; 3. Quasicontinuum theory of lattice vibrations; 4. Bulk vibratory modes in an isotropic continuum; 5. Optical modes in a quantum well; 6. Superlattice modes; 7. Optical modes in various structures; 8. Electron-phonon interaction in a quantum well; 9. Other scattering mechanisms; 10. Quantum screening; 11. The electron distribution function; 12. Spin relaxation; 13. Electrons and phonons in the Wurtzite lattice; 14. Nitride heterostructures; 15. Terahertz sources; References; Index.

  8. Phonon Spectrum of SrFe2As2 determined by multizone phonon refinement

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    Parshall, D; Heid, R; Niedziela, Jennifer L; Wolf, Th.; Stone, Matthew B; Abernathy, Douglas L; Reznik, Dmitry

    2014-01-01

    The ferropnictidesuperconductors exhibit a sensitive interplay between the lattice and magnetic degrees of freedom, including a number of phonon modes that are much softer than predicted by nonmagnetic calculations using density functional theory (DFT). However, it is not known what effect, if any, the long-range magnetic order has on phonon frequencies above 23 meV, where several phonon branches are very closely spaced in energy and it is challenging to isolate them from each other. We measured these phonons using inelastic time-of-flight neutron scattering in 40 Brillouin zones, and developed a technique to determine their frequencies. We find this method capable of determining phonon energies to 0.1 meV accuracy, and that the DFT calculations using the experimental structure yield qualitatively correct energies and eigenvectors. We do not find any effect of the magnetic transition on these phonons.

  9. Phase Coexistence in a Dynamic Phase Diagram.

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    Gentile, Luigi; Coppola, Luigi; Balog, Sandor; Mortensen, Kell; Ranieri, Giuseppe A; Olsson, Ulf

    2015-08-01

    Metastability and phase coexistence are important concepts in colloidal science. Typically, the phase diagram of colloidal systems is considered at the equilibrium without the presence of an external field. However, several studies have reported phase transition under mechanical deformation. The reason behind phase coexistence under shear flow is not fully understood. Here, multilamellar vesicle (MLV)-to-sponge (L3 ) and MLV-to-Lα transitions upon increasing temperature are detected using flow small-angle neutron scattering techniques. Coexistence of Lα and MLV phases at 40 °C under shear flow is detected by using flow NMR spectroscopy. The unusual rheological behavior observed by studying the lamellar phase of a non-ionic surfactant is explained using (2) H NMR and diffusion flow NMR spectroscopy with the coexistence of planar lamellar-multilamellar vesicles. Moreover, a dynamic phase diagram over a wide range of temperatures is proposed. PMID:26083451

  10. Equilibrium coexistence of three amphiboles

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    Robinson, P.; Jaffe, H.W.; Klein, C., Jr.; Ross, M.

    1969-01-01

    Electron probe and wet chemical analyses of amphibole pairs from the sillimanite zone of central Massachusetts and adjacent New Hampshire indicated that for a particular metamorphic grade there should be a restricted composition range in which three amphiboles can coexist stably. An unequivocal example of such an equilibrium three amphibole rock has been found in the sillimanite-orthoclase zone. It contains a colorless primitive clinoamphibole, space group P21/m, optically and chemically like cummingtonite with blue-green hornblende exsolution lamellae on (100) and (-101) of the host; blue-green hornblende, space group C2/m, with primitive cummingtonite exsolution lamellae on (100) and (-101) of the host; and pale pinkish tan anthophyllite, space group Pnma, that is free of visible exsolution lamellae but is a submicroscopic intergrowth of two orthorhombic amphiboles. Mutual contacts and coarse, oriented intergrowths of two and three host amphiboles indicate the three grew as an equilibrium assemblage prior to exsolution. Electron probe analyses at mutual three-amphibole contacts showed little variation in the composition of each amphibole. Analyses believed to represent most closely the primary amphibole compositions gave atomic proportions on the basis of 23 oxygens per formula unit as follows: for primitive cummingtonite (Na0.02Ca0.21- Mn0.06Fe2+2.28Mg4.12Al0.28) (Al0.17Si7.83), for hornblende (Na0.35Ca1.56Mn0.02Fe1.71Mg2.85Al0.92) (Al1.37Si6.63), and for anthophyllite (Na0.10Ca0.06Mn0.06Fe2.25Mg4.11Al0.47) (Al0.47Si7.53). The reflections violating C-symmetry, on X-ray single crystal photographs of the primitive cummingtonite, are weak and diffuse, and suggest a partial inversion from a C-centered to a primitive clinoamphibole. Single crystal photographs of the anthophyllite show split reflections indicating it is an intergrowth of about 80% anthophyllite and about 20% gedrite which differ in their b crystallographic dimensions. Split reflections are

  11. X-ray imaging and diffraction from surface phonons on GaAs

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    Sauer, W.; Streibl, M.; Metzger, T. H.; Haubrich, A. G. C.; Manus, S.; Wixforth, A.; Peisl, J.; Mazuelas, A.; Härtwig, J.; Baruchel, J.

    1999-09-01

    Surface acoustic waves (SAWs) are excited on the GaAs (001) surface by using interdigital transducers, designed for frequencies of up to 900 MHz. The emitted phonons with wavelengths down to 3.5 μm are visualized and characterized by combined x-ray diffraction techniques. Using stroboscopic topography, the SAW emission of a parallel and a focusing transducer geometry are imaged. High-resolution x-ray diffraction profiles show up to 12 phonon-induced satellite reflections besides the GaAs (004) reflection, with a width of 9 arcsec each. The diffraction pattern is simulated numerically, applying the kinematical scattering theory to a model crystal. From fits to measured diffraction profiles at different excitation voltages, the SAW amplitudes were calculated and found to be in the sub-nm range.

  12. Monolithic phononic crystals with a surface acoustic band gap from surface phonon-polariton coupling.

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    Yudistira, D; Boes, A; Djafari-Rouhani, B; Pennec, Y; Yeo, L Y; Mitchell, A; Friend, J R

    2014-11-21

    We theoretically and experimentally demonstrate the existence of complete surface acoustic wave band gaps in surface phonon-polariton phononic crystals, in a completely monolithic structure formed from a two-dimensional honeycomb array of hexagonal shape domain-inverted inclusions in single crystal piezoelectric Z-cut lithium niobate. The band gaps appear at a frequency of about twice the Bragg band gap at the center of the Brillouin zone, formed through phonon-polariton coupling. The structure is mechanically, electromagnetically, and topographically homogeneous, without any physical alteration of the surface, offering an ideal platform for many acoustic wave applications for photonics, phononics, and microfluidics. PMID:25479504

  13. Predicting the phonon spectra of coupled nonlinear chains using effective phonon theory

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    Su, Ruixia; Yuan, Zongqiang; Wang, Jun; Zheng, Zhigang

    2016-06-01

    In general one-dimensional nonlinear lattices, extensive studies have discovered the existence of renormalized phonons due to nonlinear interactions and found these renormalized phonons, as the energy carriers, are responsible for heat transport. Within the framework of renormalized phonons, a generic form of renormalized phonon spectrum has been derived and effective phonon theory (EPT) has been developed to explain the heat transport in general 1D nonlinear lattices. Our attention is dedicated to generalizing the EPT for two-layer nonlinear lattices and deriving the analytic expression of phonon spectra. By calculating the phonon spectra of different coupled models with EPT, it is found that the phonon dispersion relation is in good agreement with the result obtained from the spectral energy density method. It is demonstrated that the EPT of a coupled system can predict the phonon spectra of two-layer nonlinear lattices well. Thus, this finding may shed light on the prediction of heat conduction behavior in a coupled system, qualitatively, and provide a useful guide for designing thermal devices.

  14. Phonon-glass dynamics in thermoelectric clathrates

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    Liu, Yaping; Xi, Qing; Zhou, Jun; Nakayama, Tsuneyoshi; Li, Baowen

    2016-06-01

    Type-I clathrate compounds exhibit glasslike thermal/dynamic properties due to symmetry breaking of guest-atom positions in tetrakaidecahedron cages. All of these features are associated with the phonon dynamics in the THz region, for which we perform large-scale numerical simulations by highlighting the difference between type-I clathrates Ba8Ga16Ge30 (BGG) with on-center guest atoms and Ba8Ga16Sn30 (BGS) with off-center guest atoms. The results of the phonon densities of states D (ω ) , the dynamic structure factors S (Q ,E ) , the specific heats C (T ) , and the participation ratios of eigenmodes clearly realize a drastic change from the conventional phonon dynamics of BGG to the phonon-glass dynamics of BGS.

  15. Pressure-enabled phonon engineering in metals.

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    Lanzillo, Nicholas A; Thomas, Jay B; Watson, Bruce; Washington, Morris; Nayak, Saroj K

    2014-06-17

    We present a combined first-principles and experimental study of the electrical resistivity in aluminum and copper samples under pressures up to 2 GPa. The calculations are based on first-principles density functional perturbation theory, whereas the experimental setup uses a solid media piston-cylinder apparatus at room temperature. We find that upon pressurizing each metal, the phonon spectra are blue-shifted and the net electron-phonon interaction is suppressed relative to the unstrained crystal. This reduction in electron-phonon scattering results in a decrease in the electrical resistivity under pressure, which is more pronounced for aluminum than for copper. We show that density functional perturbation theory can be used to accurately predict the pressure response of the electrical resistivity in these metals. This work demonstrates how the phonon spectra in metals can be engineered through pressure to achieve more attractive electrical properties. PMID:24889627

  16. Nature of One- and Two-Phonon Mixed Symmetry States in 92Zr and 94Mo from High-Resolution Electron and Proton Scattering

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    Neumann-Cosel, P. von; Burda, O.; Kuhar, M.; Lenhardt, A.; Ponomarev, V. Yu.; Richter, A.; Wambach, J.; Botha, N. T.; Fearick, R. W.; Carter, J.; Sideras-Haddad, E.; Foertsch, S. V.; Neveling, R.; Smit, F. D.; Fransen, C.; Fujita, H.; Pietralla, N.

    2006-03-13

    High-resolution inelastic electron (performed at the S-DALINAC) and proton (performed at iThemba LABS) scattering experiments on 92Zr and 94Mo with emphasis on E2 transitions are presented The measured form factors and angular distributions provide a measure for the F-spin purity, respectively the isovector nature, of the proposed one-phonon mixed symmetry states and furthermore provide a sensitive test of a possible two-phonon character of excited 2+ states.

  17. Polar optical phonon states and their degenerative behaviors of wurtzite ZnO/MgZnO coupling quantum dots

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    Zhang, Li; Shi, J. J.

    2014-03-01

    Analytical polar optical phonon states in a wurtzite ZnO-based cylindrical coupling quantum dots (CQDs) with arbitrary number of quantum dots (QDs) are deduced and analyzed. It is found that there are four types of polar mixing optical phonon modes, i.e., the z-IO/ρ-QC modes, the z-PR/ρ-IO modes, the z-QC/ρ-QC modes and the z-HS/ρ-IO modes coexisting in the ZnO-based CQDs. Within the framework of the macroscopic dielectric continuum model, the dispersive equations are derived by using the transferring matrix method. And the Fröhlich electron-phonon interaction Hamiltonians are obtained via a standard procedure of field quantization. The relationships between the present ZnO-based CQDs and the ZnO-based quantum wells (QWs) or the nanowires (NWs) are analyzed, and the general features of phonon modes in ZnO-based low-dimensional quantum structures are concluded and discussed. Under certain conditions, the present theoretical results in wurtzite ZnO-based CQDs can be naturally degenerate into those in wurtzite ZnO-based single or double QDs, wurtzite NWs and QWs and even into cubic quantum confined structures. This just embodies the intrinsic consistency of phonon mode theories in low-dimensional confined systems with different confined dimensions. Due to the ternary mixing effect of MgxZn1-xO crystal, the dielectric functions of MgxZn1-xO crystals are quite complicated, and the phonon modes in ZnO-based quantum structures have both the features of phonon modes in anisotropic wurtzite confined systems and isotropic rock-salt crystal quantum systems. The characteristics of electron-phonon coupling strength in ZnO-based quantum systems are summarized. Very strong polaronic effect could be prognosticated and anticipated in ZnO-based low-dimensional quantum structures because of their quite large electron-phonon coupling constants. The theoretical results and conclusions described in this paper also can be looked on as a summary of phonon states and their general

  18. Energetic Constraints on Species Coexistence in Birds

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    Pigot, Alexander L.

    2016-01-01

    The association between species richness and ecosystem energy availability is one of the major geographic trends in biodiversity. It is often explained in terms of energetic constraints, such that coexistence among competing species is limited in low productivity environments. However, it has proven challenging to reject alternative views, including the null hypothesis that species richness has simply had more time to accumulate in productive regions, and thus the role of energetic constraints in limiting coexistence remains largely unknown. We use the phylogenetic relationships and geographic ranges of sister species (pairs of lineages who are each other’s closest extant relatives) to examine the association between energy availability and coexistence across an entire vertebrate class (Aves). We show that the incidence of coexistence among sister species increases with overall species richness and is elevated in more productive ecosystems, even when accounting for differences in the evolutionary time available for coexistence to occur. Our results indicate that energy availability promotes species coexistence in closely related lineages, providing a key step toward a more mechanistic understanding of the productivity–richness relationship underlying global gradients in biodiversity. PMID:26974194

  19. Optically driven quantum dots as source of coherent cavity phonons: a proposal for a phonon laser scheme.

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    Kabuss, Julia; Carmele, Alexander; Brandes, Tobias; Knorr, Andreas

    2012-08-01

    We present a microscopically based scheme for the generation of coherent cavity phonons (phonon laser) by an optically driven semiconductor quantum dot coupled to a THz acoustic nanocavity. External laser pump light on an anti-Stokes resonance creates an effective Lambda system within a two-level dot that leads to coherent phonon statistics. We use an inductive equation of motion method to estimate a realistic parameter range for an experimental realization of such phonon lasers. This scheme for the creation of nonequilibrium phonons is robust with respect to radiative and phononic damping and only requires optical Rabi frequencies of the order of the electron-phonon coupling strength. PMID:23006175

  20. Phonon Cooling by an Optomechanical Heat Pump

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    Dong, Ying; Bariani, F.; Meystre, P.

    2015-11-01

    We propose and analyze theoretically a cavity optomechanical analog of a heat pump that uses a polariton fluid to cool mechanical modes coupled to a single precooled phonon mode via external modulation of the substrate of the mechanical resonator. This approach permits us to cool phonon modes of arbitrary frequencies not limited by the cavity-optical field detuning deep into the quantum regime from room temperature.

  1. Phonon coherence in isotopic silicon superlattices

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    Frieling, R.; Radek, M.; Eon, S.; Bracht, H.; Wolf, D. E.

    2014-09-29

    Recent experimental and theoretical investigations have confirmed that a reduction in thermal conductivity of silicon is achieved by isotopic silicon superlattices. In the present study, non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations are performed to identify the isotope doping and isotope layer ordering with minimum thermal conductivity. Furthermore, the impact of isotopic intermixing at the superlattice interfaces on phonon transport is investigated. Our results reveal that the coherence of phonons in isotopic Si superlattices is prevented if interfacial mixing of isotopes is considered.

  2. Toward quantitative modeling of silicon phononic thermocrystals

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    Lacatena, V.; Haras, M.; Robillard, J.-F.; Monfray, S.; Skotnicki, T.; Dubois, E.

    2015-03-01

    The wealth of technological patterning technologies of deca-nanometer resolution brings opportunities to artificially modulate thermal transport properties. A promising example is given by the recent concepts of "thermocrystals" or "nanophononic crystals" that introduce regular nano-scale inclusions using a pitch scale in between the thermal phonons mean free path and the electron mean free path. In such structures, the lattice thermal conductivity is reduced down to two orders of magnitude with respect to its bulk value. Beyond the promise held by these materials to overcome the well-known "electron crystal-phonon glass" dilemma faced in thermoelectrics, the quantitative prediction of their thermal conductivity poses a challenge. This work paves the way toward understanding and designing silicon nanophononic membranes by means of molecular dynamics simulation. Several systems are studied in order to distinguish the shape contribution from bulk, ultra-thin membranes (8 to 15 nm), 2D phononic crystals, and finally 2D phononic membranes. After having discussed the equilibrium properties of these structures from 300 K to 400 K, the Green-Kubo methodology is used to quantify the thermal conductivity. The results account for several experimental trends and models. It is confirmed that the thin-film geometry as well as the phononic structure act towards a reduction of the thermal conductivity. The further decrease in the phononic engineered membrane clearly demonstrates that both phenomena are cumulative. Finally, limitations of the model and further perspectives are discussed.

  3. Toward quantitative modeling of silicon phononic thermocrystals

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    Lacatena, V.; Haras, M.; Robillard, J.-F. Dubois, E.; Monfray, S.; Skotnicki, T.

    2015-03-16

    The wealth of technological patterning technologies of deca-nanometer resolution brings opportunities to artificially modulate thermal transport properties. A promising example is given by the recent concepts of 'thermocrystals' or 'nanophononic crystals' that introduce regular nano-scale inclusions using a pitch scale in between the thermal phonons mean free path and the electron mean free path. In such structures, the lattice thermal conductivity is reduced down to two orders of magnitude with respect to its bulk value. Beyond the promise held by these materials to overcome the well-known “electron crystal-phonon glass” dilemma faced in thermoelectrics, the quantitative prediction of their thermal conductivity poses a challenge. This work paves the way toward understanding and designing silicon nanophononic membranes by means of molecular dynamics simulation. Several systems are studied in order to distinguish the shape contribution from bulk, ultra-thin membranes (8 to 15 nm), 2D phononic crystals, and finally 2D phononic membranes. After having discussed the equilibrium properties of these structures from 300 K to 400 K, the Green-Kubo methodology is used to quantify the thermal conductivity. The results account for several experimental trends and models. It is confirmed that the thin-film geometry as well as the phononic structure act towards a reduction of the thermal conductivity. The further decrease in the phononic engineered membrane clearly demonstrates that both phenomena are cumulative. Finally, limitations of the model and further perspectives are discussed.

  4. Ab initio phonon limited transport

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    Verstraete, Matthieu

    We revisit the thermoelectric (TE) transport properties of two champion materials, PbTe and SnSe, using fully first principles methods. In both cases the performance of the material is due to subtle combinations of structural effects, scattering, and phase space reduction. In PbTe anharmonic effects are completely opposite to the predicted quasiharmonic evolution of phonon frequencies and to frequently (and incorrectly) cited extrapolations of experiments. This stabilizes the material at high T, but also tends to enhance its thermal conductivity, in a non linear manner, above 600 Kelvin. This explains why PbTe is in practice limited to room temperature applications. SnSe has recently been shown to be the most efficient TE material in bulk form. This is mainly due to a strongly enhanced carrier concentration and electrical conductivity, after going through a phase transition from 600 to 800 K. We calculate the transport coefficients as well as the defect concentrations ab initio, showing excellent agreement with experiment, and elucidating the origin of the double phase transition as well as the new charge carriers. AH Romero, EKU Gross, MJ Verstraete, and O Hellman PRB 91, 214310 (2015) O. Hellman, IA Abrikosov, and SI Simak, PRB 84 180301 (2011)

  5. Nonradiative Plasmon Decay and Hot Carrier Dynamics: Effects of Phonons, Surfaces, and Geometry.

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    Brown, Ana M; Sundararaman, Ravishankar; Narang, Prineha; Goddard, William A; Atwater, Harry A

    2016-01-26

    The behavior of metals across a broad frequency range from microwave to ultraviolet frequencies is of interest in plasmonics, nanophotonics, and metamaterials. Depending on the frequency, losses of collective excitations in metals can be predominantly classical resistive effects or Landau damping. In this context, we present first-principles calculations that capture all of the significant microscopic mechanisms underlying surface plasmon decay and predict the initial excited carrier distributions so generated. Specifically, we include ab initio predictions of phonon-assisted optical excitations in metals, which are critical to bridging the frequency range between resistive losses at low frequencies and direct interband transitions at high frequencies. In the commonly used plasmonic materials, gold, silver, copper, and aluminum, we find that resistive losses compete with phonon-assisted carrier generation below the interband threshold, but hot carrier generation via direct transitions dominates above threshold. Finally, we predict energy-dependent lifetimes and mean free paths of hot carriers, accounting for electron-electron and electron-phonon scattering, to provide insight toward transport of plasmonically generated carriers at the nanoscale. PMID:26654729

  6. Using Fast Neutrons to Study Collective Nuclear Excitations

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    Yates, S. W.

    2013-03-01

    For many years, the inelastic scattering of accelerator-produced fast neutrons has been used at the University of Kentucky to study nuclei which have been described as vibrational Recent data which have emerged from studies with this reaction and from other probes is reviewed, and conclusions about the applicability of the vibrational phonon description for multiphonon quadrupole and octupole excitations are given.

  7. Isomeric States and Collective Excitations of Heaviest Nuclei

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    Adamian, G. G.; Antonenko, N. V.; Jolos, R. V.; Kuzmina, A. N.; Malov, L. A.; Shirikova, N. Yu.; Sushkov, A. V.

    2013-03-01

    The isotopic dependence of two-quasiparticle isomeric states in Fm and No is treated. An α-decay chain through the isomeric states of super-heavy nuclei is demonstrated. The excitation energies and the structure of the low lying states with Kπ = 0‒ 1‒ 2‒ are calculated with the quasiparticle phonon model.

  8. Localized surface phonon polariton resonances in polar gallium nitride

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    Feng, Kaijun Islam, S. M.; Verma, Jai; Hoffman, Anthony J.; Streyer, William; Wasserman, Daniel; Jena, Debdeep

    2015-08-24

    We demonstrate the excitation of localized surface phonon polaritons in an array of sub-diffraction pucks fabricated in an epitaxial layer of gallium nitride (GaN) on a silicon carbide (SiC) substrate. The array is characterized via polarization- and angle-dependent reflection spectroscopy in the mid-infrared, and coupling to several localized modes is observed in the GaN Reststrahlen band (13.4–18.0 μm). The same structure is simulated using finite element methods and the charge density of the modes are studied; transverse dipole modes are identified for the transverse electric and magnetic polarizations and a quadrupole mode is identified for the transverse magnetic polarization. The measured mid-infrared spectrum agrees well with numerically simulated spectra. This work could enable optoelectronic structures and devices that support surface modes at mid- and far-infrared wavelengths.

  9. Localized surface phonon polariton resonances in polar gallium nitride

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    Feng, Kaijun; Streyer, William; Islam, S. M.; Verma, Jai; Jena, Debdeep; Wasserman, Daniel; Hoffman, Anthony J.

    2015-08-01

    We demonstrate the excitation of localized surface phonon polaritons in an array of sub-diffraction pucks fabricated in an epitaxial layer of gallium nitride (GaN) on a silicon carbide (SiC) substrate. The array is characterized via polarization- and angle-dependent reflection spectroscopy in the mid-infrared, and coupling to several localized modes is observed in the GaN Reststrahlen band (13.4-18.0 μm). The same structure is simulated using finite element methods and the charge density of the modes are studied; transverse dipole modes are identified for the transverse electric and magnetic polarizations and a quadrupole mode is identified for the transverse magnetic polarization. The measured mid-infrared spectrum agrees well with numerically simulated spectra. This work could enable optoelectronic structures and devices that support surface modes at mid- and far-infrared wavelengths.

  10. Infrared dipole antenna enhanced by surface phonon polaritons.

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    Kim, Hyun Chul; Cheng, Xing

    2010-11-15

    In this Letter, we propose a gold dipole antenna formed on a SiC substrate to achieve a strong concentration of mid-IR radiation based on a synergistic integration of the IR dipole antenna and the resonance excitation of a surface phonon polariton. Numerical simulation based on the finite-difference time-domain technique shows that the intensity enhancement can be greater than 10(7) times at the mid-IR spectral region. The influence of the geometric parameters (i.e., antenna length, gap dimension, antenna thickness, and antenna width) on the antenna field enhancement is also studied. The strong intensity enhancement can find important applications in highly sensitive mid-IR photodetectors and in molecular detection and identification by surface-enhanced IR absorption spectroscopy techniques. PMID:21081984

  11. Excitations of quantum gases in optical lattices

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    Yesilada, Emek

    This thesis describes experiments that studied the excitations of an ultra-cold atomic Rb gas in an optical lattice using Bragg spectroscopy. A Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) of 87Rb was formed in a cloverleaf trap. An optical lattice of cubic symmetry, formed by the interference of six laser beams, was superimposed on the Rb BEC and turned on adiabatically. Such a system is well described by the Bose-Hubbard model, which predicts a quantum phase transition from a superfluid to a Mott insulator state at a critical lattice depth. In the first experiment, we studied the superfluid regime. The superfluid admits sound waves as phonon excitations. In two photon Bragg spectroscopy two laser beams intersecting at angle on the condensate create such excitations. The excitation spectrum of BEC was measured in a three dimensional optical lattice as a function of lattice strength. In the second experiment we studied the excitation spectrum of the Mott insulator. The lowest energy excitations in such a system are particle-hole excitations. These correspond to the hopping of atoms from one lattice site to another. The insulating phase is characterized by a gap in the excitation spectrum and we measured this particle-hole gap by Bragg spectroscopy. The precise nature of our measurement allowed us to study the opening of the excitation gap that has previously eluded experimental verification.

  12. Phonon-mediated heat dissipation in a monatomic lattice: case study on Ni

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    Levchenko, Elena V.; Evteev, Alexander V.; Momenzadeh, Leila; Belova, Irina V.; Murch, Graeme E.

    2015-11-01

    The recently introduced analytical model for the heat current autocorrelation function of a crystal with a monatomic lattice [Evteev et al., Phil. Mag. 94 (2014) p. 731 and 94 (2014) p. 3992] is employed in conjunction with the Green-Kubo formalism to investigate in detail the results of an equilibrium molecular dynamics calculations of the temperature dependence of the lattice thermal conductivity and phonon dynamics in f.c.c. Ni. Only the contribution to the lattice thermal conductivity determined by the phonon-phonon scattering processes is considered, while the contribution due to phonon-electron scattering processes is intentionally ignored. Nonetheless, during comparison of our data with experiment an estimation of the second contribution is made. Furthermore, by comparing the results obtained for f.c.c. Ni model to those for other models of elemental crystals with the f.c.c. lattice, we give an estimation of the scaling relations of the lattice thermal conductivity with other lattice properties such as the coefficient of thermal expansion and the bulk modulus. Moreover, within the framework of linear response theory and the fluctuation-dissipation theorem, we extend our analysis in this paper into the frequency domain to predict the power spectra of equilibrium fluctuations associated with the phonon-mediated heat dissipation in a monatomic lattice. The practical importance of the analytical treatment lies in the fact that it has the potential to be used in the future to efficiently decode the generic information on the lattice thermal conductivity and phonon dynamics from a power spectrum of the acoustic excitations in a monatomic crystal measured by a spectroscopic technique in the frequency range of about 1-20 THz.

  13. Control of elastic wave propagation in one-dimensional piezomagnetic phononic crystals.

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    Ponge, Marie-Fraise; Croënne, Charles; Vasseur, Jérôme O; Bou Matar, Olivier; Hladky-Hennion, Anne-Christine; Dubus, Bertrand

    2016-06-01

    Two ways of controlling the acoustic waves propagation by external inductance or capacitance in a one-dimensional (1-D) piezomagnetic phononic crystal are investigated. The structure is made of identical bars, constituted of a piezomagnetic material, surrounded by a coil and connected to an external impedance. A model of propagation of longitudinal elastic waves through the periodic structure is developed and the dispersion equation is obtained. Reflection and transmission coefficients are derived from a 2 × 2 transfer matrix formalism that also allows for the calculation of elastic effective parameters (density, Young modulus, speed of sound, impedance). The effect of shunting impedances is numerically investigated. The results reveal that a connected external inductance tunes the Bragg band gaps of the 1-D phononic crystal. When the elements are connected via a capacitance, a hybridization gap, due to the resonance of the LC circuit made of the piezomagnetic element and the capacitance, coexists with the Bragg band gap. The value of the external capacitance modifies the boundaries of both gaps. Calculation of the effective characteristics of the phononic crystal leads to an analysis of the physical mechanisms involved in the wave propagation. When periodically connected to external capacitances, a homogeneous piezomagnetic stack behaves as a dispersive tunable metamaterial. PMID:27369153

  14. Controlled exciton transfer between quantum dots with acoustic phonons taken into account

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    Golovinski, P. A.

    2015-09-15

    A system of excitons in two quantum dots coupled by the dipole–dipole interaction is investigated. The excitation transfer process controlled by the optical Stark effect at nonresonant frequencies is considered and the effect of the interaction between excitons and acoustic phonons in a medium on this process is taken into account. The system evolution is described using quantum Heisenberg equations. A truncated set of equations is obtained and the transfer dynamics is numerically simulated. High-efficiency picosecond switching of the excitation transfer by a laser pulse with a rectangular envelope is demonstrated. The dependence of picosecond switching on the quantum-dot parameters and optical-pulse length is presented.

  15. Anharmonic effects on Raman-active phonons

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    Canonico, Michael John

    This dissertation explores anharmonic properties of semiconductor materials associated with strain and phonon lifetime using Raman spectroscopy. In recent years, extensive research and development of strain engineered advanced complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor devices utilizing high-k dielectrics and metal gate technology has been conducted to meet the challenges imposed by fundamental limits of device scaling. From a development and manufacturing viewpoint, the metrology required to drive these new technologies is critical to their success. In particular, UV-Raman spectroscopy has been extensively used to measure wafer and device strain due to the high spatial and spectral resolution coupled with an ultra-short optical penetration depth in Si. However, the strain-shift coefficients reported in the literature, which correlate the shift in Raman frequency with strain, have typically been measured in the visible portion of the spectrum and appear to differ from their UV counter-parts. This work presents a detailed measurement of the strain-shift coefficients in the UV at 325 and 364nm for Si, Ge, and Si:C and SiGe alloys. In addition, the temperature dependence of the frequencies and linewidths of the Raman-active longitudinal-optic (LO) phonons in GaAs and AlAs III-V semiconductor compounds is presented. Contrary to early theoretical predictions, the low temperature lifetime of the LO phonon is similar for the two materials with tau = 9.5 ps and 9.7 ps in GaAs and AlAs, respectively. The discrepancy between theory and experiment is caused by the accidental degeneracy between the AlAs LO phonon frequency and a Van Hove singularity in the two-phonon density of states. A new expression, based on the frequency dependence of the phonon self-energy, is derived to model the phonon lifetime.

  16. Thermal conductivities of one-dimensional anharmonic/nonlinear lattices: renormalized phonons and effective phonon theory

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    Li, Nianbei; Li, Baowen

    2012-12-01

    Heat transport in low-dimensional systems has attracted enormous attention from both theoretical and experimental aspects due to its significance to the perception of fundamental energy transport theory and its potential applications in the emerging field of phononics: manipulating heat flow with electronic anologs. We consider the heat conduction of one-dimensional nonlinear lattice models. The energy carriers responsible for the heat transport have been identified as the renormalized phonons. Within the framework of renormalized phonons, a phenomenological theory, effective phonon theory, has been developed to explain the heat transport in general one-dimensional nonlinear lattices. With the help of numerical simulations, it has been verified that this effective phonon theory is able to predict the scaling exponents of temperature-dependent thermal conductivities quantitatively and consistently.

  17. Scanning phononic lattices with ultrasound

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    Vines, R.E.; Wolfe, J.P.; Every, A.V.

    1999-11-01

    A method for probing the elastic properties of newly developed periodic structures using acoustic waves is introduced. Highly anisotropic transmission of surface acoustic waves is observed by continuously scanning the wave vector angle. Preliminary models of wave propagation through multilayers and two-dimensional lattices explain some of the experimental features, while other features can be attributed to the resonant excitation of interface waves. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital The American Physical Society}

  18. Investigating the existence of coherent phonon scattering in silicon using phononic crystals

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    Goettler, Drew

    In silicon the majority of heat energy is transported by phonons, which are discrete lattice vibrations. Phonon scattering due to the presence of voids in silicon can further alter the material's thermal conductivity. There is a question about the possibility of some of this scattering being coherent rather than purely incoherent. Coherent phonon scattering is defined as constructive interference of phonons scattered from the inclusions in the phononic crystal. The intent of this work is to investigate the existence of coherent scattering in Si via phononic crystals. A phononic crystal is a periodic array of inclusions inside a host material. The inclusions could be a second material or a void. In this work five different supercell phononic crystals comprised of holes in silicon will be used to investigate the existence of coherent phonon scattering. Each of the supercells had nearly identical critical lengths in order to keep the amount of incoherent scattering equal among all of the PnCs. Porosity differences among the supercells were also minimized. All of the PnCs were fabricated with a focused ion beam (FIB). During fabrication a protective layer of Ti was used to protect the Si from unintentional Ga doping from the FIB. The Ti layer also helped generate voids with more vertical sidewalls. A set of experiments was performed to measure the thermal conductivity of each PnC. Thermal conductivity measurements were carried out on a silicon nitride suspended island platform with platinum resistance temperature detectors and coated with aluminum nitride. A silicon slab was concurrently measured with each PnC, and relative thermal conductivity values were determined. The addition of the PnC decreased Si's thermal conductivity to less than 22% of its original value. An analysis of the results shows there is a reduction in thermal conductivity beyond the effects of porosity and incoherent scattering. This enhanced reduction in thermal conductivity is due to coherent

  19. "Phonon" scattering beyond perturbation theory

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    Qiu, WuJie; Ke, XueZhi; Xi, LiLi; Wu, LiHua; Yang, Jiong; Zhang, WenQing

    2016-02-01

    Searching and designing materials with intrinsically low lattice thermal conductivity (LTC) have attracted extensive consideration in thermoelectrics and thermal management community. The concept of part-crystalline part-liquid state, or even part-crystalline part-amorphous state, has recently been proposed to describe the exotic structure of materials with chemical- bond hierarchy, in which a set of atoms is weakly bonded to the rest species while the other sublattices retain relatively strong rigidity. The whole system inherently manifests the coexistence of rigid crystalline sublattices and fluctuating noncrystalline substructures. Representative materials in the unusual state can be classified into two categories, i.e., caged and non-caged ones. LTCs in both systems deviate from the traditional T -1 relationship ( T, the absolute temperature), which can hardly be described by small-parameter-based perturbation approaches. Beyond the classical perturbation theory, an extra rattling-like scattering should be considered to interpret the liquid-like and sublattice-amorphization-induced heat transport. Such a kind of compounds could be promising high-performance thermoelectric materials, due to the extremely low LTCs. Other physical properties for these part-crystalline substances should also exhibit certain novelty and deserve further exploration.

  20. Electron-phonon interactions in MoS{sub 2} probed with ultrafast two-dimensional visible/far-infrared spectroscopy

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    Guo, Xunmin; Chen, Hailong; Wen, Xiewen; Zheng, Junrong

    2015-06-07

    An ultrafast two-dimensional visible/far-IR spectroscopy based on the IR/THz air biased coherent detection method and scanning the excitation frequencies is developed. The method allows the responses in the far-IR region caused by various electronic excitations in molecular or material systems to be observed in real time. Using the technique, the relaxation dynamics of the photo-excited carriers and electron/phonon coupling in bulk MoS{sub 2} are investigated. It is found that the photo-generation of excited carriers occurs within two hundred fs and the relaxation of the carriers is tens of ps. The electron-phonon coupling between the excitations of electrons and the phonon mode E{sub 1u} of MoS{sub 2} is also directly observed. The electron excitation shifts the frequency of the phonon mode 9 cm{sup −1} higher, resulting in an absorption peak at 391 cm{sup −1} and a bleaching peak at 382 cm{sup −1}. The frequency shift diminishes with the relaxation of the carriers.

  1. Excitation of coherent oscillations in underdoped cuprate superconductors by intense THz pulses

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    Hoffmann, Matthias C.; Lee, Wei-Sheng; Dakovski, Georgi L.; Turner, Joshua J.; Gerber, Simon M.; Bonn, Doug; Hardy, Walter; Liang, Ruixing; Salluzzo, Marco

    2016-05-01

    We use intense broadband THz pulses to excite the cuprate superconductors YBCO and NBCO in their underdoped phase, where superconducting and charge density wave ground states compete. We observe pronounced coherent oscillations at attributed to renormalized low-energy phonon modes. These oscillation features are much more prominent than those observed in all-optical pump-probe measurements, suggesting a different excitation mechanism.

  2. Coherent phonon modulation by nanoscale acoustically mismatched interface

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    Yu, Shangjie; Ouyang, Min

    2015-03-01

    Precise engineering of phonon spectrum by material design is essential for in-depth understanding of fundamental physical phenomena as well as new technology breakthrough. When phonons propagate through two different constituents, their mismatched interface can coherently modulate phonon spectrum. In this talk, we will demonstrate the phonon characteristics can be precisely tailored through nanoscale interfacial coupling by investigating acoustically mismatched core-shell hetero-nanostructures with ultrafast pump-probe technique. Coherent phonon coupling between core and shell through their interface has been experimentally revealed, which agrees well with theoretical simulation. This interfacial phonon coupling also represents a unique fingerprint of complex nanostructures.

  3. Existence of an independent phonon bath in a quantum device

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    Pascal, L. M. A.; Fay, A.; Winkelmann, C. B.; Courtois, H.

    2013-09-01

    At low temperatures, the thermal wavelength of acoustic phonons in a metallic thin film on a substrate can widely exceed the film thickness. It is thus generally believed that a mesoscopic device operating at low temperature does not carry an individual phonon population. In this work, we provide direct experimental evidence for the thermal decoupling of phonons in a mesoscopic quantum device from its substrate phonon heat bath at a sub-Kelvin temperature. A simple heat balance model assuming an independent phonon bath following the usual electron-phonon and Kapitza coupling laws can account for all experimental observations.

  4. Can pollination niches facilitate plant coexistence?

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    Pauw, Anton

    2013-01-01

    The question of why there are so many plant species needs two kinds of answer: an explanation for the origin of plant species, and an explanation for how they can coexist. Pollinators are often implicated in the origin of plant species because adaptation to different modes of pollination can drive divergence in floral traits and bring about reproductive isolation. However, very few studies have attempted to answer the next question: 'Can plant species that differ only in their mode of pollination coexist?' Fragmentary evidence supports the idea that intraspecific competition for pollination resources can limit population growth rate, thus allowing the coexistence of species that use different pollinators, or the same pollinators at different times. PMID:22951227

  5. Solvable model for template coexistence in protocells

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    Fontanari, J. F.; Serva, M.

    2013-02-01

    Compartmentalization of self-replicating molecules (templates) in protocells is a necessary step towards the evolution of modern cells. However, coexistence between distinct template types inside a protocell can be achieved only if there is a selective pressure favoring protocells with a mixed template composition. Here we study analytically a group selection model for the coexistence between two template types using the diffusion approximation of population genetics. The model combines competition at the template and protocell levels as well as genetic drift inside protocells. At the steady state, we find a continuous phase transition separating the coexistence and segregation regimes, with the order parameter vanishing linearly with the distance to the critical point. In addition, we derive explicit analytical expressions for the critical steady-state probability density of protocell compositions.

  6. Symmetry-adapted phonon analysis of nanotubes

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    Aghaei, Amin; Dayal, Kaushik; Elliott, Ryan S.

    2013-02-01

    The characteristics of phonons, i.e. linearized normal modes of vibration, provide important insights into many aspects of crystals, e.g. stability and thermodynamics. In this paper, we use the Objective Structures framework to make concrete analogies between crystalline phonons and normal modes of vibration in non-crystalline but highly symmetric nanostructures. Our strategy is to use an intermediate linear transformation from real-space to an intermediate space in which the Hessian matrix of second derivatives is block-circulant. The block-circulant nature of the Hessian enables us to then follow the procedure to obtain phonons in crystals: namely, we use the Discrete Fourier Transform from this intermediate space to obtain a block-diagonal matrix that is readily diagonalizable. We formulate this for general Objective Structures and then apply it to study carbon nanotubes of various chiralities that are subjected to axial elongation and torsional deformation. We compare the phonon spectra computed in the Objective Framework with spectra computed for armchair and zigzag nanotubes. We also demonstrate the approach by computing the Density of States. In addition to the computational efficiency afforded by Objective Structures in providing the transformations to almost-diagonalize the Hessian, the framework provides an important conceptual simplification to interpret the phonon curves. Our findings include that, first, not all non-optic long-wavelength modes are zero energy and conversely not all zero energy modes are long-wavelength; second, the phonon curves accurately predict both the onset as well as the soft modes for instabilities such as torsional buckling; and third, unlike crystals where phonon stability does not provide information on stability with respect to non-rank-one deformation modes, phonon stability in nanotubes is sufficient to guarantee stability with respect to all perturbations that do not involve structural modes. Our finding of characteristic

  7. Phonon Recycling for Ultrasensitive Kinetic Inductance Detectors

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    Zmuidzinas, Jonas

    Initially proposed (Day et al. 2003; Zmuidzinas 2012) in 1999 by our Caltech/JPL group, and thanks to strong support from NASA, the superconducting (microwave) kinetic inductance detector (MKID or KID) technology continues to develop rapidly as it transitions into applications. The development effort worldwide is intensifying and NASA's continued support of KID development is essential in order to keep pace. Here we propose to investigate and demonstrate a new, low-TRL concept, which we call phonon recycling, that promises to open broad new avenues in KID design and performance. Briefly, phonon recycling allows the detector designer to tailor the responsivity and sensitivity of a KID to match the needs of the application by using geometry to restrict the rate at which recombination phonons are allowed to escape from the detector. In particular, phonon recycling should allow very low noise-equivalent power (NEP) to be achieved without requiring very low operating tem- peratures. Phonon recycling is analogous to the use of micromachined suspension legs to control the flow of heat in a bolometer, as measured by the thermal conductivity G. However, phonon recycling exploits the non-thermal distribution of recombination phonons as well as their very slow decay in crystals at low temperatures. These properties translate to geometrical and mechanical requirements for a phonon-recycled KID that are considerably more relaxed than for a bolometer operating at the same temperature and NEP. Our ultimate goal is to develop detector arrays suitable for a far-infrared (FIR) space mission, which will impose strict requirements on the array sensitivity, yield, uniformity, multiplexing density, etc. Through previous NASA support under the Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) program, we have successfully demonstrated the MAKO submillimeter camera at the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory and have become familiar with these practical issues. If our demonstration of phonon recycling

  8. Ionizing particle detection based on phononic crystals

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    Aly, Arafa H. E-mail: arafa.hussien@science.bsu.edu.eg; Mehaney, Ahmed; Eissa, Mostafa F.

    2015-08-14

    Most conventional radiation detectors are based on electronic or photon collections. In this work, we introduce a new and novel type of ionizing particle detector based on phonon collection. Helium ion radiation treats tumors with better precision. There are nine known isotopes of helium, but only helium-3 and helium-4 are stable. Helium-4 is formed in fusion reactor technology and in enormous quantities during Big Bang nucleo-synthesis. In this study, we introduce a technique for helium-4 ion detection (sensing) based on the innovative properties of the new composite materials known as phononic crystals (PnCs). PnCs can provide an easy and cheap technique for ion detection compared with conventional methods. PnC structures commonly consist of a periodic array of two or more materials with different elastic properties. The two materials are polymethyl-methacrylate and polyethylene polymers. The calculations showed that the energies lost to target phonons are maximized at 1 keV helium-4 ion energy. There is a correlation between the total phonon energies and the transmittance of PnC structures. The maximum transmission for phonons due to the passage of helium-4 ions was found in the case of making polyethylene as a first layer in the PnC structure. Therefore, the concept of ion detection based on PnC structure is achievable.

  9. Phonon dynamics of graphene on metals.

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    Al Taleb, Amjad; Farías, Daniel

    2016-03-16

    The study of surface phonon dispersion curves is motivated by the quest for a detailed understanding of the forces between the atoms at the surface and in the bulk. In the case of graphene, additional motivation comes from the fact that thermal conductivity is dominated by contributions from acoustic phonons, while optical phonon properties are essential to understand Raman spectra. In this article, we review recent progress made in the experimental determination of phonon dispersion curves of graphene grown on several single-crystal metal surfaces. The two main experimental techniques usually employed are high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) and inelastic helium atom scattering (HAS). The different dispersion branches provide a detailed insight into the graphene-substrate interaction. Softening of optical modes and signatures of the substrate's Rayleigh wave are observed for strong graphene-substrate interactions, while acoustic phonon modes resemble those of free-standing graphene for weakly interacting systems. The latter allows determining the bending rigidity and the graphene-substrate coupling strength. A comparison between theory and experiment is discussed for several illustrative examples. Perspectives for future experiments are discussed. PMID:26886508

  10. Ionizing particle detection based on phononic crystals

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    Aly, Arafa H.; Mehaney, Ahmed; Eissa, Mostafa F.

    2015-08-01

    Most conventional radiation detectors are based on electronic or photon collections. In this work, we introduce a new and novel type of ionizing particle detector based on phonon collection. Helium ion radiation treats tumors with better precision. There are nine known isotopes of helium, but only helium-3 and helium-4 are stable. Helium-4 is formed in fusion reactor technology and in enormous quantities during Big Bang nucleo-synthesis. In this study, we introduce a technique for helium-4 ion detection (sensing) based on the innovative properties of the new composite materials known as phononic crystals (PnCs). PnCs can provide an easy and cheap technique for ion detection compared with conventional methods. PnC structures commonly consist of a periodic array of two or more materials with different elastic properties. The two materials are polymethyl-methacrylate and polyethylene polymers. The calculations showed that the energies lost to target phonons are maximized at 1 keV helium-4 ion energy. There is a correlation between the total phonon energies and the transmittance of PnC structures. The maximum transmission for phonons due to the passage of helium-4 ions was found in the case of making polyethylene as a first layer in the PnC structure. Therefore, the concept of ion detection based on PnC structure is achievable.

  11. Phonon dynamics of graphene on metals

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    Taleb, Amjad Al; Farías, Daniel

    2016-03-01

    The study of surface phonon dispersion curves is motivated by the quest for a detailed understanding of the forces between the atoms at the surface and in the bulk. In the case of graphene, additional motivation comes from the fact that thermal conductivity is dominated by contributions from acoustic phonons, while optical phonon properties are essential to understand Raman spectra. In this article, we review recent progress made in the experimental determination of phonon dispersion curves of graphene grown on several single-crystal metal surfaces. The two main experimental techniques usually employed are high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) and inelastic helium atom scattering (HAS). The different dispersion branches provide a detailed insight into the graphene-substrate interaction. Softening of optical modes and signatures of the substrate‧s Rayleigh wave are observed for strong graphene-substrate interactions, while acoustic phonon modes resemble those of free-standing graphene for weakly interacting systems. The latter allows determining the bending rigidity and the graphene-substrate coupling strength. A comparison between theory and experiment is discussed for several illustrative examples. Perspectives for future experiments are discussed.

  12. Understandng of phonon anharmonicity in thermoelectric clathrates

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    Tanigaki, Katsumi; Wu, Jiazhen; Shimotani, Hidekazu; Huynh, Khuong; Akagi, Kazuto; AIMR Collaboration; Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science Collaboration

    Anharmonicity in phonons, apart from the conventional Einstein- or Debye- mode harmonic phonons, is frequently observed for amorphous or glass-like materials. A frontier topic relating to anharmonic phonons revolves around the fact that they are also observed in a single crystal with a void of cage structure. Although the origin of the phonon anharmonicity has been the center of scientific debate for many years, a clear understanding has not yet been achieved. In the present study, we show that the anharmonic oscillations in thermoelectric clathrates can successfully be rationalized in terms of a single unified exponential line for a variety of clathrates by employing a new parameter associated with the freedom of space. The intrinsic nature of phonon anharmonicity is described based on the unified picture with a help of first principles calculations. Although the origin of the anharmonicity appearing in disordered materials is complex to understand due to the missing information on the real structure, the present unified picture gives important information applicable to other systems.

  13. Thickness-Dependent Coherent Phonon Frequency in Ultrathin FeSe/SrTiO₃ Films.

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    Yang, Shuolong; Sobota, Jonathan A; Leuenberger, Dominik; Kemper, Alexander F; Lee, James J; Schmitt, Felix T; Li, Wei; Moore, Rob G; Kirchmann, Patrick S; Shen, Zhi-Xun

    2015-06-10

    Ultrathin FeSe films grown on SrTiO3 substrates are a recent milestone in atomic material engineering due to their important role in understanding unconventional superconductivity in Fe-based materials. By using femtosecond time- and angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, we study phonon frequencies in ultrathin FeSe/SrTiO3 films grown by molecular beam epitaxy. After optical excitation, we observe periodic modulations of the photoelectron spectrum as a function of pump-probe delay for 1-unit-cell, 3-unit-cell, and 60-unit-cell thick FeSe films. The frequencies of the coherent intensity oscillations increase from 5.00 ± 0.02 to 5.25 ± 0.02 THz with increasing film thickness. By comparing with previous works, we attribute this mode to the Se A1g phonon. The dominant mechanism for the phonon softening in 1-unit-cell thick FeSe films is a substrate-induced lattice strain. Our results demonstrate an abrupt phonon renormalization due to a lattice mismatch between the ultrathin film and the substrate. PMID:26027951

  14. Ab initio phonon coupling and optical response of hot electrons in plasmonic metals

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    Brown, Ana M.; Sundararaman, Ravishankar; Narang, Prineha; Goddard, William A.; Atwater, Harry A.

    2016-08-01

    Ultrafast laser measurements probe the nonequilibrium dynamics of excited electrons in metals with increasing temporal resolution. Electronic structure calculations can provide a detailed microscopic understanding of hot electron dynamics, but a parameter-free description of pump-probe measurements has not yet been possible, despite intensive research, because of the phenomenological treatment of electron-phonon interactions. We present ab initio predictions of the electron-temperature dependent heat capacities and electron-phonon coupling coefficients of plasmonic metals. We find substantial differences from free-electron and semiempirical estimates, especially in noble metals above transient electron temperatures of 2000 K, because of the previously neglected strong dependence of electron-phonon matrix elements on electron energy. We also present first-principles calculations of the electron-temperature dependent dielectric response of hot electrons in plasmonic metals, including direct interband and phonon-assisted intraband transitions, facilitating complete theoretical predictions of the time-resolved optical probe signatures in ultrafast laser experiments.

  15. Effect of magnetized phonons on electrical and thermal conductivity of neutron star crust

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    Baiko, D. A.

    2016-05-01

    We study electrical and thermal conductivities of degenerate electrons emitting and absorbing phonons in a strongly magnetized crystalline neutron star crust. We take into account modification of the phonon spectrum of a Coulomb solid of ions caused by a strong magnetic field. Boltzmann transport equation is solved using a generalized variational method. The ensuing 3D integrals over the transferred momenta are evaluated by two different numerical techniques, the Monte Carlo method and a regular integration over the first Brillouin zone. The results of the two numerical approaches are shown to be in a good agreement. An appreciable growth of electrical and thermal resistivities is reported at quantum and intermediate temperatures T ≲ 0.1Tp (Tp is the ion plasma temperature) in a wide range of chemical compositions and mass densities of matter even for moderately magnetized crystals ωB ˜ ωp (ωB and ωp are the ion cyclotron and plasma frequencies). This effect is due to an appearance of a soft (ω ∝ k2) phonon mode in the magnetized ion Coulomb crystal, which turns out to be easier to excite than acoustic phonons characteristic of the field-free case. These results are important for modelling magneto-thermal evolution of neutron stars.

  16. Collective excitations of 96Ru by means of (p ,p'γ ) experiments

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    Hennig, A.; Ahn, T.; Anagnostatou, V.; Blazhev, A.; Cooper, N.; Derya, V.; Elvers, M.; Endres, J.; Goddard, P.; Heinz, A.; Hughes, R. O.; Ilie, G.; Mineva, M. N.; Petkov, P.; Pickstone, S. G.; Pietralla, N.; Radeck, D.; Ross, T. J.; Savran, D.; Spieker, M.; Werner, V.; Zilges, A.

    2015-12-01

    Background: One-phonon mixed-symmetry quadrupole excitations are a well-known feature of near-spherical, vibrational nuclei. Their interpretation as a fundamental building block of vibrational structures is supported by the identification of multiphonon states resulting from a coupling of fully-symmetric and mixed-symmetric quadrupole phonons. In addition, the observation of strong M 1 transitions between low-lying 3- and 4+ states has been interpreted as an evidence for one-phonon mixed-symmetry excitations of octupole and hexadecapole character. Purpose: The aim of the present study is to identify collective one- and two-phonon excitations in the heaviest stable N =52 isotone 96Ru based on a measurement of absolute M 1 , E 1 , and E 2 transition strengths. Methods: Inelastic proton-scattering experiments have been performed at the Wright Nuclear Structure Laboratory (WNSL), Yale University, and the Institute for Nuclear Physics (IKP), University of Cologne. From the acquired proton-γ and γ γ coincidence data we deduced spins of excited states, γ -decay branching ratios, and multipole mixing ratios, as well as lifetimes of excited states via the Doppler-shift attenuation method (DSAM). Results: Based on the new experimental data on absolute transition strengths, we identified the 2+ and 3+ members of the two-phonon mixed-symmetry quintuplet (21,ms +⊗21,s +) . Furthermore, we observed strong M 1 transitions between low-lying 3- and 4+ states suggesting one-phonon symmetric and mixed-symmetric octupole and hexadecapole components in their wave functions, respectively. The experimental results are compared to s d g -IBM-2 and shell-model calculations. Conclusions: Both the s d g -IBM-2 and the shell-model calculations are able to describe key features of mixed-symmetry excitations of 96Ru. Moreover, they support the one-phonon mixed-symmetry hexadecapole assignment of the experimental 42+ state.

  17. Coexistence of nuclear shapes: self-consistent mean-field and beyond

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    Li, Z. P.; Nikšić, T.; Vretenar, D.

    2016-02-01

    A quantitative analysis of the evolution of nuclear shapes and shape phase transitions, including regions of short-lived nuclei that are becoming accessible in experiments at radioactive-beam facilities, necessitate accurate modeling of the underlying nucleonic dynamics. Important theoretical advances have recently been made in studies of complex shapes and the corresponding excitation spectra and electromagnetic decay patterns, especially in the ‘beyond mean-field’ framework based on nuclear density functionals. Interesting applications include studies of shape evolution and coexistence in N = 28 isotones, the structure of lowest 0+ excitations in deformed N ≈ 90 rare-earth nuclei, and quadrupole and octupole shape transitions in thorium isotopes.

  18. Phonon Dispersion in Amorphous Ni-Alloys

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    Vora, A. M.

    2007-06-01

    The well-known model potential is used to investigate the longitudinal and transverse phonon dispersion curves for six Ni-based binary amorphous alloys, viz. Ni31Dy69, Ni33Y67, Ni36Zr64, Ni50Zr50, Ni60 Nb40, and Ni81B19. The thermodynamic and elastic properties are also computed from the elastic limits of the phonon dispersion curves. The theoretical approach given by Hubbard-Beeby is used in the present study to compute the phonon dispersion curves. Five local field correction functions proposed by Hartree, Taylor, Ichimaru-Utsumi, Farid et al. and Sarkar et al. are employed to see the effect of exchange and correlation in the aforesaid properties.

  19. Refraction characteristics of phononic crystals

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    Nemat-Nasser, Sia

    2015-08-01

    Some of the most interesting refraction properties of phononic crystals are revealed by examining the anti-plane shear waves in doubly periodic elastic composites with unit cells containing rectangular and/or elliptical multi-inclusions. The corresponding band structure, group velocity, and energy-flux vector are calculated using a powerful mixed variational method that accurately and efficiently yields all the field quantities over multiple frequency pass-bands. The background matrix and the inclusions can be anisotropic, each having distinct elastic moduli and mass densities. Equifrequency contours and energy-flux vectors are readily calculated as functions of the wave-vector components. By superimposing the energy-flux vectors on equifrequency contours in the plane of the wave-vector components, and supplementing this with a three-dimensional graph of the corresponding frequency surface, a wealth of information is extracted essentially at a glance. This way it is shown that a composite with even a simple square unit cell containing a central circular inclusion can display negative or positive energy and phase velocity refractions, or simply performs a harmonic vibration (standing wave), depending on the frequency and the wave-vector. Moreover, that the same composite when interfaced with a suitable homogeneous solid can display: (1) negative refraction with negative phase velocity refraction; (2) negative refraction with positive phase velocity refraction; (3) positive refraction with negative phase velocity refraction; (4) positive refraction with positive phase velocity refraction; or even (5) complete reflection with no energy transmission, depending on the frequency, and direction and the wavelength of the plane-wave that is incident from the homogeneous solid to the interface. For elliptical and rectangular inclusion geometries, analytical expressions are given for the key calculation quantities. Expressions for displacement, velocity, linear momentum

  20. Revision of the statistical mechanics of phonons to include phonon line widths

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    Overton, W.C. Jr.

    1983-01-01

    Zubarev in 1960 obtained the smeared Bose-Einstein (B-E) function in order to take into account the fact that the eigenenergy associated with a fixed phonon wave vector q and fixed polarization index j is not precisely defined but instead, is smeared by phonon-phonon and phonon-electron interactions. The ratio GAMMA(qj)/..omega..(qj) is often quite small, i.e., of the order of 0.01 or less, where GAMMA is the phonon linewidth and h-bar ..omega.. is the eigenenergy. However, in strongly anharmonic crystals GAMMA/..omega.. may be as large as 0.3 at certain points of the Brillouin zone. In such dramatic cases one would suspect that such phonon linewidths would have some observable effect on the thermodynamic properties. The purpose of this work is to derive the expression for the average free energy per mode for a crystal having large phonon linewidths and to test the properties of the thermodynamic functions derivable from the average free energy per mode. (WHK)

  1. Phonon analogue of topological nodal semimetals

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    Po, Hoi Chun; Bahri, Yasaman; Vishwanath, Ashvin

    2015-03-01

    Recently, Kane and Lubensky proposed a mapping between bosonic phonon problems on isostatic lattices to chiral fermion systems based on factorization of the dynamical matrix [Nat. Phys. 10, 39 (2014)]. The existence of topologically protected zero modes in such mechanical problems is related to their presence in the fermionic system and is dictated by a local index theorem. Here we adopt the proposed mapping to construct a two-dimensional mechanical analogue of a fermionic topological nodal semimetal that hosts a robust bulk node in its linearized phonon spectrum. Such topologically protected soft modes with tunable wavevector may be useful in designing mechanical structures with fault-tolerant properties.

  2. Phonon interference effects in molecular junctions

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    Markussen, Troels

    2013-12-28

    We study coherent phonon transport through organic, π-conjugated molecules. Using first principles calculations and Green's function methods, we find that the phonon transmission function in cross-conjugated molecules, like meta-connected benzene, exhibits destructive quantum interference features very analogous to those observed theoretically and experimentally for electron transport in similar molecules. The destructive interference features observed in four different cross-conjugated molecules significantly reduce the thermal conductance with respect to linear conjugated analogues. Such control of the thermal conductance by chemical modifications could be important for thermoelectric applications of molecular junctions.

  3. Phononic Phase Conjugation in an Optomechanical System

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    Buchmann, Lukas; Wright, Ewan; Meystre, Pierre

    2013-05-01

    We study theoretically the phase conjugation of a phononic field in an optomechanical system with two mechanical modes coupled to a common optical field. Phase conjugation becomes the dominant process for an appropriate choice of driving field parameters, and he effective coupling coefficients between phonon modes can result in amplification and entanglement, phase-conjugation or a mixture thereof. We discuss surprising consequences of mechanical phase-conjugation that could lead to the preparation of mechanical states with negative temperature, the improvement of quantum memories and the study of the quantum-classical transition. Supported by DARPA ORCHID program.

  4. Angular momentum in spin-phonon processes

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    Garanin, D. A.; Chudnovsky, E. M.

    2015-07-01

    Quantum theory of spin relaxation in the elastic environment is revised with account of the concept of a phonon spin recently introduced by Zhang and Niu [L. Zhang and Q. Niu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 085503 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.085503]. Similar to the case of the electromagnetic field, the division of the angular momentum associated with elastic deformations into the orbital part and the part due to phonon spins proves to be useful for the analysis of the balance of the angular momentum. Such analysis sheds important light on microscopic processes leading to the Einstein-de Haas effect.

  5. Multiphonon excitations in boson quantum films

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    Clements, B.E. |; Krotscheck, E. |; Tymczak, C.J.

    1996-05-01

    Dynamical excitations in thin liquid films of {sup 4}He adsorbed to a substrate are investigated by using a microscopic theory of excitations that includes multiple-phonon scattering. We study the dispersion relation, excitation mechanisms, transition densities, and particle currents as a function of surface coverage. A primary new result is that we have included three-phonon scattering processes in the calculation of the dynamic structure function and the one-body current densities. With the exception that our ground state is determined by our variational theory, rather than taken from experiment, our work on the dynamic structure function is the generalization of that of Jackson [Phys. Rev. A {bold 4}, 2386 (1971)] to inhomogeneous systems (films). Using sum rules for the dynamic structure function as a guide, we suggest a simple scaling argument for improving the agreement between our dynamic structure function and the experimental one. The addition of three-phonon contributions bring about the following changes. First, the energy of most modes is lowered by a non-negligible amount for finite momentum excitations. Second, the film{close_quote}s surface mode is the exception; it is only slightly affected. Third, for monolayer films there is large scattering at high energies at intermediate values of momenta. This scattering can be traced back to an anomalously large contribution to the two-particle density of states. Fourth, all modes with energy above a critical energy decay, and the associated peaks of the dynamic structure function are broadened. Fifth, the maxonlike character is enhanced in the bulklike modes. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  6. Phononic Thermal Conduction Engineering for Bolometers: From Phononic Crystals to Radial Casimir Limit

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    Maasilta, I. J.; Puurtinen, T. A.; Tian, Y.; Geng, Z.

    2016-07-01

    We discuss two alternative and complementary means of controlling radial phonon conduction for bolometers in two dimensions: by using phononic crystals or by roughening the surface of the membranes (Casimir limit). For phononic crystals, we present new experiments with a modified geometry and a larger hole periodicity than before, achieving a low thermal conductance {˜ }2 pW/K at 150 mK. Calculations in the Casimir limit, on the other hand, show that for small detector dimensions thermal conductance below 1 fW/K seems achievable.

  7. Characterizing intra-exciton Coulomb scattering in terahertz excitations

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    Zybell, S.; Eßer, F.; Helm, M.; Bhattacharyya, J.; Winnerl, S.; Schneider, H.; Schneebeli, L.; Böttge, C. N.; Kira, M.; Koch, S. W.; Andrews, A. M.; Strasser, G.

    2014-11-17

    An intense terahertz field is applied to excite semiconductor quantum wells yielding strong non-equilibrium exciton distributions. Even though the relaxation channels involve a complicated quantum kinetics of Coulomb and phonon effects, distinct relaxation signatures of Coulomb scattering are identified within time-resolved photoluminescence by comparing the experiment with a reduced model that contains all relevant microscopic processes. The analysis uncovers a unique time scale for the Coulomb scattering directly from experiments and reveals the influence of phonon relaxation as well as radiative decay.

  8. Synthetic gauge fields for vibrational excitations of trapped ions.

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    Bermudez, Alejandro; Schaetz, Tobias; Porras, Diego

    2011-10-01

    The vibrations of a collection of ions in a microtrap array can be described in terms of tunneling phonons. We show that the vibrational couplings may be tailored by using a gradient of the trap frequencies together with a periodic driving of the trapping potentials. These ingredients allow us to induce effective gauge fields on the vibrational excitations, such that phonons mimic the behavior of charged particles in a magnetic field. In particular, microtrap arrays are well suited to realize a quantum simulator of the famous Aharonov-Bohm effect and observe the paradigmatic edge states typical from quantum-Hall samples and topological insulators. PMID:22107274

  9. Impact of magnetic fluctuations on lattice excitations in fcc nickel

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    Körmann, Fritz; Ma, Pui-Wai; Dudarev, Sergei L.; Neugebauer, Jörg

    2016-02-01

    The spin-space averaging formalism is applied to compute atomic forces and phonon spectra for magnetically excited states of fcc nickel. Transverse and longitudinal magnetic fluctuations are taken into account by a combination of magnetic special quasi random structures and constrained spin-density-functional theory. It turns out that for fcc Ni interatomic force constants and phonon spectra are almost unaffected by both kinds of spin fluctuations. Given the computational expense to simulate coupled magnetic and atomic fluctuations, this insight facilitates computational modeling of magnetic alloys such as Ni-based superalloys.

  10. How variation between individuals affects species coexistence.

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    Hart, Simon P; Schreiber, Sebastian J; Levine, Jonathan M

    2016-08-01

    Although the effects of variation between individuals within species are traditionally ignored in studies of species coexistence, the magnitude of intraspecific variation in nature is forcing ecologists to reconsider. Compelling intuitive arguments suggest that individual variation may provide a previously unrecognised route to diversity maintenance by blurring species-level competitive differences or substituting for species-level niche differences. These arguments, which are motivating a large body of empirical work, have rarely been evaluated with quantitative theory. Here we incorporate intraspecific variation into a common model of competition and identify three pathways by which this variation affects coexistence: (1) changes in competitive dynamics because of nonlinear averaging, (2) changes in species' mean interaction strengths because of variation in underlying traits (also via nonlinear averaging) and (3) effects on stochastic demography. As a consequence of the first two mechanisms, we find that intraspecific variation in competitive ability increases the dominance of superior competitors, and intraspecific niche variation reduces species-level niche differentiation, both of which make coexistence more difficult. In addition, individual variation can exacerbate the effects of demographic stochasticity, and this further destabilises coexistence. Our work provides a theoretical foundation for emerging empirical interests in the effects of intraspecific variation on species diversity. PMID:27250037

  11. Trait-based tests of coexistence mechanisms.

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    Adler, Peter B; Fajardo, Alex; Kleinhesselink, Andrew R; Kraft, Nathan J B

    2013-10-01

    Recent functional trait studies have shown that trait differences may favour certain species (environmental filtering) while simultaneously preventing competitive exclusion (niche partitioning). However, phenomenological trait-dispersion analyses do not identify the mechanisms that generate niche partitioning, preventing trait-based prediction of future changes in biodiversity. We argue that such predictions require linking functional traits with recognised coexistence mechanisms involving spatial or temporal environmental heterogeneity, resource partitioning and natural enemies. We first demonstrate the limitations of phenomenological approaches using simulations, and then (1) propose trait-based tests of coexistence, (2) generate hypotheses about which plant functional traits are likely to interact with particular mechanisms and (3) review the literature for evidence for these hypotheses. Theory and data suggest that all four classes of coexistence mechanisms could act on functional trait variation, but some mechanisms will be stronger and more widespread than others. The highest priority for future research is studies of interactions between environmental heterogeneity and trait variation that measure environmental variables at within-community scales and quantify species' responses to the environment in the absence of competition. Evidence that similar trait-based coexistence mechanisms operate in many ecosystems would simplify biodiversity forecasting and represent a rare victory for generality over contingency in community ecology. PMID:23910482

  12. Environmental variation, stochastic extinction, and competitive coexistence.

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    Adler, Peter B; Drake, John M

    2008-11-01

    Understanding how environmental fluctuations affect population persistence is essential for predicting the ecological impacts of expected future increases in climate variability. However, two bodies of theory make opposite predictions about the effect of environmental variation on persistence. Single-species theory, common in conservation biology and population viability analyses, suggests that environmental variation increases the risk of stochastic extinction. By contrast, coexistence theory has shown that environmental variation can buffer inferior competitors against competitive exclusion through a storage effect. We reconcile these two perspectives by showing that in the presence of demographic stochasticity, environmental variation can increase the chance of extinction while simultaneously stabilizing coexistence. Our stochastic simulations of a two-species storage effect model reveal a unimodal relationship between environmental variation and coexistence time, implying maximum coexistence at intermediate levels of environmental variation. The unimodal pattern reflects the fact that the stabilizing influence of the storage effect accumulates rapidly at low levels of environmental variation, whereas the risk of extinction due to the combined effects of environmental variation and demographic stochasticity increases most rapidly at higher levels of variation. Future increases in environmental variation could either increase or decrease an inferior competitor's expected persistence time, depending on the distance between the present level of environmental variation and the optimal level anticipated by this theory. PMID:18817458

  13. Soft surfaces of nanomaterials enable strong phonon interactions

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    Bozyigit, Deniz; Yazdani, Nuri; Yarema, Maksym; Yarema, Olesya; Lin, Weyde Matteo Mario; Volk, Sebastian; Vuttivorakulchai, Kantawong; Luisier, Mathieu; Juranyi, Fanni; Wood, Vanessa

    2016-03-01

    Phonons and their interactions with other phonons, electrons or photons drive energy gain, loss and transport in materials. Although the phonon density of states has been measured and calculated in bulk crystalline semiconductors, phonons remain poorly understood in nanomaterials, despite the increasing prevalence of bottom-up fabrication of semiconductors from nanomaterials and the integration of nanometre-sized components into devices. Here we quantify the phononic properties of bottom-up fabricated semiconductors as a function of crystallite size using inelastic neutron scattering measurements and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We show that, unlike in microcrystalline semiconductors, the phonon modes of semiconductors with nanocrystalline domains exhibit both reduced symmetry and low energy owing to mechanical softness at the surface of those domains. These properties become important when phonons couple to electrons in semiconductor devices. Although it was initially believed that the coupling between electrons and phonons is suppressed in nanocrystalline materials owing to the scarcity of electronic states and their large energy separation, it has since been shown that the electron–phonon coupling is large and allows high energy-dissipation rates exceeding one electronvolt per picosecond (refs 10, 11, 12, 13). Despite detailed investigations into the role of phonons in exciton dynamics, leading to a variety of suggestions as to the origins of these fast transition rates and including attempts to numerically calculate them, fundamental questions surrounding electron–phonon interactions in nanomaterials remain unresolved. By combining the microscopic and thermodynamic theories of phonons and our findings on the phononic properties of nanomaterials, we are able to explain and then experimentally confirm the strong electron–phonon coupling and fast multi-phonon transition rates of charge carriers to trap states. This improved understanding of

  14. Honeycomb phononic crystals with self-similar hierarchy

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    Mousanezhad, Davood; Babaee, Sahab; Ghosh, Ranajay; Mahdi, Elsadig; Bertoldi, Katia; Vaziri, Ashkan

    2015-09-01

    We highlight the effect of structural hierarchy and deformation on band structure and wave-propagation behavior of two-dimensional phononic crystals. Our results show that the topological hierarchical architecture and instability-induced pattern transformations of the structure under compression can be effectively used to tune the band gaps and directionality of phononic crystals. The work provides insights into the role of structural organization and hierarchy in regulating the dynamic behavior of phononic crystals, and opportunities for developing tunable phononic devices.

  15. Soft surfaces of nanomaterials enable strong phonon interactions.

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    Bozyigit, Deniz; Yazdani, Nuri; Yarema, Maksym; Yarema, Olesya; Lin, Weyde Matteo Mario; Volk, Sebastian; Vuttivorakulchai, Kantawong; Luisier, Mathieu; Juranyi, Fanni; Wood, Vanessa

    2016-03-31

    Phonons and their interactions with other phonons, electrons or photons drive energy gain, loss and transport in materials. Although the phonon density of states has been measured and calculated in bulk crystalline semiconductors, phonons remain poorly understood in nanomaterials, despite the increasing prevalence of bottom-up fabrication of semiconductors from nanomaterials and the integration of nanometre-sized components into devices. Here we quantify the phononic properties of bottom-up fabricated semiconductors as a function of crystallite size using inelastic neutron scattering measurements and ab initio molecular dynamics simulations. We show that, unlike in microcrystalline semiconductors, the phonon modes of semiconductors with nanocrystalline domains exhibit both reduced symmetry and low energy owing to mechanical softness at the surface of those domains. These properties become important when phonons couple to electrons in semiconductor devices. Although it was initially believed that the coupling between electrons and phonons is suppressed in nanocrystalline materials owing to the scarcity of electronic states and their large energy separation, it has since been shown that the electron-phonon coupling is large and allows high energy-dissipation rates exceeding one electronvolt per picosecond (refs 10-13). Despite detailed investigations into the role of phonons in exciton dynamics, leading to a variety of suggestions as to the origins of these fast transition rates and including attempts to numerically calculate them, fundamental questions surrounding electron-phonon interactions in nanomaterials remain unresolved. By combining the microscopic and thermodynamic theories of phonons and our findings on the phononic properties of nanomaterials, we are able to explain and then experimentally confirm the strong electron-phonon coupling and fast multi-phonon transition rates of charge carriers to trap states. This improved understanding of phonon processes

  16. Electron-phonon scattering dynamics in ferromagnetic metals and their influence on ultrafast demagnetization processes

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    Essert, Sven; Schneider, Hans Christian

    2011-12-01

    We theoretically investigate spin-dependent carrier dynamics due to the electron-phonon interaction after ultrafast optical excitation in ferromagnetic metals. We calculate the electron-phonon matrix elements including the spin-orbit interaction in the electronic wave functions and the interaction potential. Using the matrix elements in Boltzmann scattering integrals, the momentum-resolved carrier distributions are obtained by solving their equation of motion numerically. We find that the optical excitation with realistic laser intensities alone leads to a negligible magnetization change, and that the demagnetization due to electron-phonon interaction is mostly due to hole scattering. Importantly, the calculated demagnetization quenching due to this Elliot-Yafet-type depolarization mechanism is not large enough to explain the experimentally observed result. We argue that the ultrafast demagnetization of ferromagnets does not occur exclusively via an Elliott-Yafet type process, i.e., scattering in the presence of the spin-orbit interaction, but is influenced to a large degree by a dynamical change of the band structure, i.e., the exchange splitting.

  17. Low-spin excitations in {sup 100}Pd

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    Radeck, D.; Albers, M.; Bernards, C.; Bettermann, L.; Blazhev, A.; Fransen, C.; Heinze, S.; Jolie, J.; Muecher, D.

    2009-01-28

    In recent years collectivity in the mass region around A = 100 has become the focus of increased interest. The N = 52 isotones were investigated in detail and phonon excitations -especially one- and two-phonon mixed-symmetry states--were identified. In order to investigate how vibrator-like behavior and states with mixed-symmetry character evolve with increasing neutron number it is interesting to study the N = 54 isotones. Therefore an experiment to measure the low-spin excitations of {sup 100}Pd was performed at the FN-Tandem accelerator with the HORUS cube spectrometer. Besides the determination of excitation and transition energies and branching ratios, spins and multipole mixing ratios resulted from the {gamma}{gamma} angular correlation analysis. The newly gained data were compared with predictions from theory both from collective models and from shell model.

  18. Plasmon and coupled plasmon-phonon modes in graphene in the presence of a driving electric field

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    Zhao, C. X.; Xu, W.; Dong, H. M.; Peeters, F. M.

    2014-05-01

    We present a theoretical study of the plasmon and coupled plasmon-phonon modes induced by intraband electron-electron interaction in graphene in the presence of driving dc electric field. We find that the electric field dependence of these collective excitation modes in graphene differs significantly from that in a conventional two-dimensional electron gas with a parabolic energy spectrum. This is due mainly to the fact that graphene has a linear energy spectrum and the Fermi velocity of electrons in graphene is much larger than the drift velocity of electrons. The obtained results demonstrate that the plasmon and coupled plasmon-phonon modes in graphene can be tuned by applying not only the gate voltage but also the source-to-drain field. The manipulation of plasmon and coupled plasmon-phonon modes by source-to-drain voltage can let graphene be more conveniently applied as an advanced plasmonic material.

  19. Phonon induced luminescence decay in monolayer MoS2 on SiO2/Si substrates

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    Saigal, Nihit; Ghosh, Sandip

    2015-12-01

    Exfoliated monolayer MoS2 films on SiO2/Si substrates have been studied using photoluminescence (PL), Raman and reflectance contrast (RC) spectroscopies. With increase in temperature, the intensity of the two dominant PL spectral features A and D, attributed to A exciton/trion and to defects, seemingly decay in an activated fashion with an energy ˜ 50 meV , which is close to the energies of E2 g 1 and A1g phonons. Comparison of absorption spectrum derived from RC with circular polarization resolved PL spectrum suggests that both D and A emissions are associated with bound excitons, the A emission involving relatively weakly localized ones. The PL decay behaviour is explained using a phenomenological model where non-radiative loss of excitons is determined by the number of excited phonon modes. This corroborates the recent finding of strong A exciton and A1g phonon coupling in monolayer MoS2.

  20. Ultrafast changes of magnetic anisotropy driven by laser-generated coherent and noncoherent phonons in metallic films

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    Kats, V. N.; Linnik, T. L.; Salasyuk, A. S.; Rushforth, A. W.; Wang, M.; Wadley, P.; Akimov, A. V.; Cavill, S. A.; Holy, V.; Kalashnikova, A. M.; Scherbakov, A. V.

    2016-06-01

    Ultrafast optical excitation of a metal ferromagnetic film results in a modification of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and induces the magnetization precession. We consider two main contributions to these processes: an effect of noncoherent phonons, which modifies the temperature dependent parameters of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy and coherent phonons in the form of a strain contributing via inverse magnetostriction. Contrary to earlier experiments with high-symmetry ferromagnetic structures, where these mechanisms could not be separated, we study the magnetization response to femtosecond optical pulses in the low-symmetry magnetostrictive galfenol film so that it is possible to separate the coherent and noncoherent phonon contributions. By choosing certain experimental geometry and external magnetic fields, we can distinguish the contribution from a specific mechanism. Theoretical analysis and numerical calculations are used to support the experimental observations and proposed model.

  1. Finding the bare band: Electron coupling to two phonon modes in potassium-doped graphene on Ir(111)

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    Pletikosić, I.; Kralj, M.; Milun, M.; Pervan, P.

    2012-04-01

    We analyze renormalization of the π* band of n-doped epitaxial graphene on Ir(111) induced by electron-phonon coupling. Our procedure of extracting the bare band relies on recursive self-consistent refining of the functional form of the bare band until the convergence. We demonstrate that the components of the self-energy, as well as the spectral intensity obtained from angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, show that the renormalization is due to the coupling to two distinct phonon excitations. From the velocity renormalization and an increase of the imaginary part of the self-energy we find the electron-phonon coupling constant to be ˜0.2, which is in fair agreement with a previous study of the same system, despite the notable difference in the width of spectroscopic curves. Our experimental results also suggest that potassium intercalated between graphene and Ir(111) does not introduce any additional increase of the quasiparticle scattering rate.

  2. Shape Coexistence in Neutron-Rich Nickel Isotopes around N = 40

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    Prokop, C. J.; e14039 Collaboration; e14057 Collaboration

    2015-10-01

    Shape coexistence is a fascinating phenomenon in atomic nuclei characterized by multiple states with different intrinsic shapes coexisting at similar excitation energies. In even-even nuclei, a hallmark of shape coexistence is low-energy 0+ states. In 68Ni, the Monte-Carlo Shell Model (MCSM) employing the A3DA interaction, utilizing the fpg9/2d5 / 2 model space for protons and neutrons, predicts triple shape coexistence with three 0+ states below 3 MeV. Transitioning to 70Ni, the energy of the prolate-deformed 0+ state is predicted to drop precipitously from 2511 to 1525 keV. This is due to strengthening of the attractive νg9 / 2 - πf5 / 2 and repulsive νg9 / 2 - πf7 / 2 monopole interactions of the tensor force altering the effective single-particle energies of the πf7 / 2 and πf5 / 2 single-particle states, thereby reducing the spherical Z = 28 shell gap. Recent beta-decay spectroscopy experiments at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) have discovered a new excited 0+ state at 1567 keV in 70Ni. This result supports MCSM predictions extending the picture of shape coexistence to 70Ni and demonstrates the importance of the tensor force for describing the nuclear structure of neutron-rich nuclei. Results of the latest NSCL experiments will be presented. Supported by NSF Contract No. PHY-1102511, by the DOE NNSA Award Nos. DE-NA0000979 and DE-FG52-08NA28552, the U.S DOE SC NP Contract No. DE-AC-06CH11357 and Grant Nos. DE-FG02-94ER40834 and DE-FG02-96ER40983, and U.S. ARL Coop. Agreement W911NF-12-2-0019.

  3. Excited Delirium

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    Takeuchi, Asia; Ahern, Terence L.; Henderson, Sean O.

    2011-01-01

    Excited (or agitated) delirium is characterized by agitation, aggression, acute distress and sudden death, often in the pre-hospital care setting. It is typically associated with the use of drugs that alter dopamine processing, hyperthermia, and, most notably, sometimes with death of the affected person in the custody of law enforcement. Subjects typically die from cardiopulmonary arrest, although the cause is debated. Unfortunately an adequate treatment plan has yet to be established, in part due to the fact that most patients die before hospital arrival. While there is still much to be discovered about the pathophysiology and treatment, it is hoped that this extensive review will provide both police and medical personnel with the information necessary to recognize and respond appropriately to excited delirium. PMID:21691475

  4. First principles calculation of lattice thermal conductivity of metals considering phonon-phonon and phonon-electron scattering

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    Wang, Yan; Lu, Zexi; Ruan, Xiulin

    2016-06-01

    The effect of phonon-electron (p-e) scattering on lattice thermal conductivity is investigated for Cu, Ag, Au, Al, Pt, and Ni. We evaluate both phonon-phonon (p-p) and p-e scattering rates from first principles and calculate the lattice thermal conductivity (κL). It is found that p-e scattering plays an important role in determining the κL of Pt and Ni at room temperature, while it has negligible effect on the κL of Cu, Ag, Au, and Al. Specifically, the room temperature κLs of Cu, Ag, Au, and Al predicted from density-functional theory calculations with the local density approximation are 16.9, 5.2, 2.6, and 5.8 W/m K, respectively, when only p-p scattering is considered, while it is almost unchanged when p-e scattering is also taken into account. However, the κL of Pt and Ni is reduced from 7.1 and 33.2 W/m K to 5.8 and 23.2 W/m K by p-e scattering. Even though Al has quite high electron-phonon coupling constant, a quantity that characterizes the rate of heat transfer from hot electrons to cold phonons in the two-temperature model, p-e scattering is not effective in reducing κL owing to the relatively low p-e scattering rates in Al. The difference in the strength of p-e scattering in different metals can be qualitatively understood by checking the amount of electron density of states that is overlapped with the Fermi window. Moreover, κL is found to be comparable to the electronic thermal conductivity in Ni.

  5. Excited baryons

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    Mukhopadhyay, N.C.

    1986-01-01

    The status of the theory of the low-energy approach to hadron structure is reviewed briefly by surveying a few relevant models. A few examples of tests needed to sort out the predictions of different models pertaining to the quark-gluon structure of hadrons are discussed, and given the resulting physics objectives, a few experimental options for excited baryon research at CFBAF are suggested. (LEW)

  6. Phonon Dispersion and Electron--Phonon Interaction in Peanut-Shaped Fullerene Polymers

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    Ono, Shota; Shima, Hiroyuki

    2011-06-01

    We reveal that the periodic radius modulation peculiar to one-dimensional (1D) peanut-shaped fullerene (C60) polymers exerts a strong influence on their low-frequency phonon states and their interactions with mobile electrons. The continuum approximation is employed to show the zone-folding of phonon dispersion curves, which leads to fast relaxation of a radial breathing mode in the 1D C60 polymers. We also formulate the electron--phonon interaction along the deformation potential theory, demonstrating that only a few set of electron and phonon modes yields a significant magnitude of the interaction relevant to the low-temperature physics of the system. The latter finding gives an important implication for the possible Peierls instability of the C60 polymers suggested in the earlier experiment.

  7. Phononic subsurface: Flow stabilization by crystals

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    Hussein, Mahmoud I.; Biringen, Sedat; Bilal, Osama R.; Kucala, Alec

    2015-11-01

    Flow control is a century-old problem where the goal is to alter a flow's natural state to achieve improved performance, such as delay of laminar-to-turbulent transition or reduction of drag in a fully developed turbulent flow. Meeting this goal promises to significantly reduce the dependence on fossil fuels for global transport. In this work, we show that phonon motion underneath a surface interacting with a flow may be tuned to cause the flow to stabilize, or destabilize, as desired. This concept is demonstrated by simulating a fully developed plane Poiseuille (channel) flow whereby a small portion of an otherwise rigid wall is replaced with a one-dimensional phononic crystal. A Tollmien-Schlichting (TS) wave is introduced to the flow as an evolving disturbance. Upon tuning the frequency-dependent phase and amplitude relations of the surface of the phononic crystal that interfaces with the flow, the TS wave is shown to stabilize, or destabilize, as needed. A theory of subsurface phonons is presented that provides an accurate prediction of this behavior without the need for a flow simulation. This represents an unprecedented capability to passively synchronize wave propagation across a fluid-structure interface and achieve favorable, and predictable, alterations to the flow properties. National Science Foundation, Grant No. 1131802.

  8. Raman phonon spectra of pentacene polymorphs

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    Brillante, A.; Della Valle, R. G.; Farina, L.; Girlando, A.; Masino, M.; Venuti, E.

    2002-05-01

    We report for the first time lattice phonon Raman spectra of pentacene measured by means of a Raman microprobe technique. We experimentally prove the existence of two polymorphs, as expected from recent structural studies. A comparison with Quasi Harmonic Lattice Dynamics calculations, previously performed starting from the available X-ray data, help us in identifying the phase to which each crystal belongs.

  9. Synthetic thermoelectric materials comprising phononic crystals

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    El-Kady, Ihab F; Olsson, Roy H; Hopkins, Patrick; Reinke, Charles; Kim, Bongsang

    2013-08-13

    Synthetic thermoelectric materials comprising phononic crystals can simultaneously have a large Seebeck coefficient, high electrical conductivity, and low thermal conductivity. Such synthetic thermoelectric materials can enable improved thermoelectric devices, such as thermoelectric generators and coolers, with improved performance. Such synthetic thermoelectric materials and devices can be fabricated using techniques that are compatible with standard microelectronics.

  10. Hyperbolic phonon polaritons in hexagonal boron nitride

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    Dai, Siyuan

    2015-03-01

    Uniaxial materials whose axial and tangential permittivities have opposite signs are referred to as indefinite or hyperbolic media. While hyperbolic responses are normally achieved with metamaterials, hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) naturally possesses this property due to the anisotropic phonons in the mid-infrared. Using scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy, we studied polaritonic phenomena in hBN. We performed infrared nano-imaging of highly confined and low-loss hyperbolic phonon polaritons in hBN. The polariton wavelength was shown to be governed by the hBN thickness according to a linear law persisting down to few atomic layers [Science, 343, 1125-1129 (2014)]. Additionally, we carried out the modification of hyperbolic response in heterostructures comprised of a mononlayer graphene deposited on hBN. Electrostatic gating of the top graphene layer allows for the modification of wavelength and intensity of hyperbolic phonon polaritons in bulk hBN. The physics of the modification originates from the plasmon-phonon coupling in the hyperbolic medium. Furthermore, we demonstrated the ``hyperlens'' for subdiffractional imaging and focusing using a slab of hBN.

  11. Phonon Emission from Acoustic Black Hole

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    Fang, Hengzhong; Zhou, Kaihu; Song, Yuming

    2012-08-01

    We study the phonon tunneling through the horizon of an acoustic black hole by solving the Hamilton-Jacobi equation. We also make use of the closed-path integral to calculate the tunneling probability, and an improved way to determine the temporal contribution is used. Both the results from the two methods agree with Hawking's initial analysis.

  12. Phonon dispersion in red mercuric iodide

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    Sim, H.; Chang, Y. ); James, R.B. )

    1994-02-15

    We present theoretical studies of phonon modes of undoped HgI[sub 2] in its red tetragonal form. A rigid-ion model including the Coulomb interaction is used which gives the best fit to the neutron scattering, infrared reflectivity, and Raman scattering data. The calculated sound velocities are also in accord with experiment.

  13. ``Forbidden'' phonon in the iron chalcogenide series

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    Fobes, David M.; Zaliznyak, Igor A.; Xu, Zhijun; Gu, Genda; Tranquada, John M.

    2015-03-01

    Recently, we uncovered evidence for the formation of a bond-order wave (BOW) leading to ferro-orbital order at low temperature, acting to stabilize the bicollinear AFM order, in the iron-rich parent compound, Fe1+yTe. Investigating the inelastic spectra centered near (100) in Fe1+yTe, a signature peak for the BOW formation in the monoclinic phase, we observed an acoustic phonon dispersion in both tetragonal and monoclinic phases. While a structural Bragg peak accompanies the mode in the monoclinic phase, in the tetragonal phase Bragg scattering at this Q is forbidden by symmetry, and we observed no elastic peak. This phonon mode was also observed in superconducting FeTe0.6Se0.4, where structural and magnetic transitions are suppressed. LDA frozen phonon calculations suggested that this mode could result from a spin imbalance between neighboring Fe atoms, but polarized neutron measurements revealed no additional magnetic scattering. We propose that this ``forbidden'' phonon mode may originate from dynamically broken symmetry, perhaps related to the strong dynamic spin correlations in these materials. Work at BNL was supported by BES, US DOE, under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886. Research at ORNL's HFIR and SNS sponsored by Scientific User Facilities Division, BES, US DOE. We acknowledge the support of NIST, in providing neutron research facilities.

  14. Self-consistent description of spin-phonon dynamics in ferromagnets

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    Nieves, P.; Serantes, D.; Chubykalo-Fesenko, O.

    2016-07-01

    Several recently reported exciting phenomena such as spin caloritronics or ultrafast laser-induced spin dynamics involve the action of temperature on spin dynamics. However, the inverse effect of magnetization dynamics on temperature change is very frequently ignored. Based on the density matrix approach, in this work we derive a self-consistent model for describing the magnetization and phonon temperature dynamics in ferromagnets in the framework of the quantum Landau-Lifshitz-Bloch equation. We explore potential applicability of our approach for two cases, inspired by magnetocaloric effect and magnetic fluid hyperthermia. In the first case, the spin-phonon dynamics is governed by the longitudinal relaxation in bulk systems close to the Curie temperature; while in the second case it is described by the transverse relaxation during the hysteresis cycle of individual nanoparticles well below the Curie temperature.

  15. Optical and acoustic sensing using Fano-like resonances in dual phononic and photonic crystal plate

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    Amoudache, Samira; Moiseyenko, Rayisa; Pennec, Yan; Rouhani, Bahram Djafari; Khater, Antoine; Lucklum, Ralf; Tigrine, Rachid

    2016-03-01

    We perform a theoretical study based on the transmissions of optical and acoustic waves normally impinging to a periodic perforated silicon plate when the embedded medium is a liquid and show the existence of Fano-like resonances in both cases. The signature of the resonances appears as well-defined asymmetric peaks in the phononic and photonic transmission spectra. We show that the origin of the Fano-like resonances is different with respect to the nature of the wave. In photonic, the origin comes from guided modes in the photonic plate while in phononic we show that it comes from the excitation of standing waves confined inside the cavity coming from the deformation of the water/silicon edges of the cylindrical inclusion. We finally use these features for sensing and show ultra-sensitivity to the light and sound velocities for different concentrations of analytes.

  16. Quasiparticle-phonon model and quadrupole mixed-symmetry states of 96Ru

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    Stoyanov, Ch.; Pietralla, N.

    2016-01-01

    The structure of low-lying quadrupole states of 96Ru was calculated within the Quasiparticle-Phonon Model. It is shown that symmetric and mixed-symmetry properties manifest themselves via the structure of the excited states. The first 2+ state is collective and neutron and proton transition matrix elements Mn and Mp are in-phase, while the neutron and proton transition matrix elements Mn and Mp have opposite signs for the third 2+ state. This property of the third 2+ state leads to a large M1 transition between the first and third 2+ states. It is an unambigous demonstration of the mixed-symmetry nature of the third 2+ state. The structure of the first 1+ state is calculated. The state is a member of the two-phonon multiplet generated by the coupling of the [21+]QRPA and the [22+]QRPA states.

  17. Coupling of phonon-polariton modes at dielectric-dielectric interfaces by the ATR technique

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    Cocoletzi, G. H.; Olvera Hernández, J.; Martínez Montes, G.

    1989-08-01

    We report the calculated ATR dispersion relation of the interface phonon-polariton modes in the prism-dielectric-dielectric configuration. Comparison of electromagnetic dispersion relations (EMDR) with the ATR dispersion relations are presented for three different interfaces: I) GaAs/GaP, II) CdF2/CaF2 and III) CaF2/GaP in two propagation windows, using the Otto and Kretschmann geometries for p-polarized light. We have studied the three cases using angle and frequency scans for each window and geometry. The results indicate that it is possible to excite and detect phonon-polariton modes at the dielectric-dielectric interface.

  18. Particle trapping and transport achieved via an adjustable acoustic field above a phononic crystal plate

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    Wang, T.; Ke, M.; Qiu, C.; Liu, Z.

    2016-06-01

    We present the design for an acoustic system that can achieve particle trapping and transport using the acoustic force field above a phononic crystal plate. The phononic crystal plate comprised a thin brass plate with periodic slits alternately embedded with two kinds of elastic inclusions. Enhanced acoustic transmission and localized acoustic fields were achieved when the structure was excited by external acoustic waves. Because of the different resonant frequencies of the two elastic inclusions, the acoustic field could be controlled via the working frequency. Particles were transported between adjacent traps under the influence of the adjustable acoustic field. This device provides a new and versatile avenue for particle manipulation that would complement other means of particle manipulation.

  19. Brillouin light scattering spectra as local temperature sensors for thermal magnons and acoustic phonons

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    Birt, Daniel R.; An, Kyongmo; Weathers, Annie; Shi, Li; Tsoi, Maxim; Li, Xiaoqin

    2013-02-01

    We demonstrate the use of the micro-Brillouin light scattering (micro-BLS) technique as a local temperature sensor for magnons in a permalloy (Py) thin film and phonons in the glass substrate. When the Py film is uniformly heated, we observe a systematic shift in the frequencies of two thermally excited perpendicular standing spin wave modes. Fitting the temperature dependent magnon spectra allows us to achieve a temperature resolution better than 2.5 K. In addition, we demonstrate that the micro-BLS spectra can be used to measure the local temperature of magnons and the relative temperature shift of phonons across a thermal gradient. Such local temperature sensors are useful for investigating spin caloritronic and thermal transport phenomena in general.

  20. Theoretical study of electron-phonon superconductivity

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    Moussa, Jonathan Edward

    This theoretical study of superconductivity examines some of the limiting factors that constrain the Tc of conventional, phonon-mediated superconductors. For materials with wide-bandwidth metallic states, electronic instabilities that are theoretically challenging to deal with can be avoided. In this case, structural instability can still result from phonon softening caused by strong electron-phonon coupling of electrons at the Fermi level. Superconductivity is also limited by the total electron-phonon coupling available within a material given the hypothetical ability to arbitrarily dope the material. This limit is studied by deriving a generalization of the McMillan-Hopfield parameter, h˜ (E), which measures the strength of electron-phonon coupling including anisotropy effects and rigid-band doping of the Fermi level to E. I examine these bounds for some covalent superconductors including MgB2, where Tc has reached the limit set by total electron-phonon coupling strength, and boron-doped diamond, which is far from any bounds. To consider the possibility of increasing the Tc of boron-doped diamond, calculations of electron-phonon coupling are performed for boron-doped diamond structures without electronically compensating defects over a wide range of boron concentration. The effects of boron substitutional disorder are incorporated through the use of randomly generated supercells, leading to a disorder-broadened distribution of results. After averaging over disorder, this study predicts a maximum bulk Tc near 55 K for boron concentrations between 20% -- 30%, assuming the validity of the simple structural model used and a Coulomb pseudopotential of micro* = 0.12. Considering only the largest electron-phonon coupling values of the distribution, superconductivity may still percolate through the material at higher temperatures, up to 80 K, through the regions of large coupling. A synthesis path is proposed to experimentally access higher levels of boron concentration

  1. Molding Phonon Flow with Symmetry: Rational Design of Hypersonic Phononic Crystals

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    Koh, Cheong Yang; Thomas, Edwin L.

    2009-03-01

    Phononic crystals structured at appropriate length scales allow control over the flow of phonons, leading to new possibilities in applications such as heat-management, sound isolation and even energy transfer and conversion. Symmetry provides a unified framework for the interpretation 1D to 3D phononic band structures, allowing utilization of a common set of principles for designing band structures of phononic crystals as well as actual purposeful defects such as waveguide location and boundary termination in finite devices. In this work, we explore the band structure properties of phononic crystals with non-symmorphic space groups, as well as those having quasi-crystalline approximants. We demonstrate gap opening abilities from both anti-crossing and Bragg scattering, as well as unique features like ``sticking'' bands. Symmetry concepts are also powerful means to tune the density of states of the structures. Importantly, we fabricate various theoretical designs and measure their experimental dispersion diagrams for comparison with theoretical calculation. This affords an elegant approach toward a design blueprint for fabricating phononic structures for applications such as opto-acoustic coupling.

  2. Uniaxial strain-induced Kohn anomaly and electron-phonon coupling in acoustic phonons of graphene

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    Cifuentes-Quintal, M. E.; de la Peña-Seaman, O.; Heid, R.; de Coss, R.; Bohnen, K.-P.

    2016-08-01

    Recent advances in strain engineering at the nanoscale have shown the feasibility to modulate the properties of graphene. Although the electron-phonon (e-ph) coupling and Kohn anomalies in graphene define the phonon branches contributing to the resonance Raman scattering and are relevant to the electronic and thermal transport as a scattering source, the evolution of the e-ph coupling as a function of strain has been less studied. In this work, the Kohn anomalies and the e-ph coupling in uniaxially strained graphene along armchair and zigzag directions were studied by means of density functional perturbation theory calculations. In addition to the phonon anomaly at the transversal optical (TO) phonon branch in the K point for pristine graphene, we found that uniaxial strain induces a discontinuity in the frequency derivative of the longitudinal acoustic phonon branch. This behavior corresponds to the emergence of a Kohn anomaly, as a consequence of a strain-enhanced e-ph coupling. Thus, the present results for uniaxially strained graphene contrast with the commonly assumed view that the e-ph coupling around the K point is only present in the TO phonon branch.

  3. Design of materials configurations for enhanced phononic and electronic properties

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    Daraio, Chiara

    The discovery of novel nonlinear dynamic and electronic phenomena is presented for the specific cases of granular materials and carbon nanotubes. This research was conducted for designing and constructing optimized macro-, micro- and nano-scale structural configurations of materials, and for studying their phononic and electronic behavior. Variation of composite arrangements of granular elements with different elastic properties in a linear chain-of-sphere, Y-junction or 3-D configurations led to a variety of novel phononic phenomena and interesting physical properties, which can be potentially useful for security, communications, mechanical and biomedical engineering applications. Mechanical and electronic properties of carbon nanotubes with different atomic arrangements and microstructures were also investigated. Electronic properties of Y-junction configured carbon nanotubes exhibit an exciting transistor switch behavior which is not seen in linear configuration nanotubes. Strongly nonlinear materials were designed and fabricated using novel and innovative concepts. Due to their unique strongly nonlinear and anisotropic nature, novel wave phenomena have been discovered. Specifically, violations of Snell's law were detected and a new mechanism of wave interaction with interfaces between NTPCs (Nonlinear Tunable Phononic Crystals) was established. Polymer-based systems were tested for the first time, and the tunability of the solitary waves speed was demonstrated. New materials with transformed signal propagation speed in the manageable range of 10-100 m/s and signal amplitude typical for audible speech have been developed. The enhancing of the mitigation of solitary and shock waves in 1-D chains were demonstrated and a new protective medium was designed for practical applications. 1-D, 2-D and 3-D strongly nonlinear system have been investigated providing a broad impact on the whole area of strongly nonlinear wave dynamics and creating experimental basis for new

  4. Spectroscopic and phonon side band analysis of Tb2-xEux(MoO4)3 nanophosphor

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    Mani, Kamal P.; Vimal, G.; Biju, P. R.; Unnikrishnan, N. V.; Ittyachen, M. A.; Joseph, Cyriac

    2016-02-01

    Theoretical calculation of the spectroscopic parameters of Tb2-xEux(MoO4)3 nanophosphor using Judd-Ofelt (J-O) theory and its experimental verification were presented along with Phonon side band (PSB) analysis. The intensity parameters, radiative properties and stimulated emission parameters of the samples were evaluated using J-O theory and are compared with experimental results. Raman spectroscopy was used to analyze the vibrational modes associated with the sample and the chemical composition was confirmed using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The phonon side band analysis and nonradiative decay due to multiphonon relaxation in Tb2-xEux(MoO4)3 were also reported. PSB are observed in the excitation spectra of Eu3+ at 446 and 427 nm, on monitoring the 5D0→7F2 transition at 612 nm. PSB in Eu3+ ions are associated with the 7F0→5D2 transition or zero phonon line, and are used to analyze the phonon energy, electron-phonon coupling strength and multiphonon relaxation of the sample. The correlation between Raman vibrational modes and PSB spectra were established. The photoluminescence excitation and emission spectra were used to study the luminescence properties of the sample. Under host excitation, the prepared sample exhibit the characteristic emission of Eu3+ corresponding to 5D0→7F1,2,3,4 transitions due to an energy transfer from MoO42- and Tb3+ to Eu3+. These studies indicate that Tb2-xEux(MoO4)3 phosphor is a promising material for photonic applications such as fluorescent lamps and color display fields.

  5. The coexistence of surface magnetoplasmons (SMPs) and bulk magnetoplasmons (BMPs) in SIS waveguide with the Voigt configuration magnetization

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    Zhu, Qiong-gan; Wang, Zhi-guo

    2016-05-01

    The coexistence behavior of surface magnetoplasmons (SMPs) and bulk magnetoplasmons (BMPs) is discussed on a platform constructed by the Semicondutor-Insulator-Semiconductor (SIS) waveguide with the Voigt configuration magnetization. It is found that the coexistence of SMPs and BMPs stems from the nonzero off-diagonal terms of permittivity tensors of the top and the bottom semiconductor materials (SM) claddings which are induced by the external magnetic field. In this case, the impendence of SM for SMPs contains two contributions associated with both the transversal and the longitudinal wave vectors of SMPs. When the impendence matching condition of SMPs exciting in SIS waveguide is satisfied in the propagating band of BMPs, the coexistence of these two modes thus appears. The results show that the forward-propagating SMPs only coexists with the lower BMPs mode, however, the backward-propagating SMPs coexists with the higher BMPs mode when the top and the bottom SM claddings are magnetized by equal amplitude magnetic field but with opposite direction. In addition, the influences of external-magnetic-field intensity, insulator permittivity and waveguide width on the coexisting frequency widths are also presented.

  6. Atypical Exciton-Phonon Interactions in WS2 and WSe2 Monolayers Revealed by Resonance Raman Spectroscopy.

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    Del Corro, E; Botello-Méndez, A; Gillet, Y; Elias, A L; Terrones, H; Feng, S; Fantini, C; Rhodes, Daniel; Pradhan, N; Balicas, L; Gonze, X; Charlier, J-C; Terrones, M; Pimenta, M A

    2016-04-13

    Resonant Raman spectroscopy is a powerful tool for providing information about excitons and exciton-phonon coupling in two-dimensional materials. We present here resonant Raman experiments of single-layered WS2 and WSe2 using more than 25 laser lines. The Raman excitation profiles of both materials show unexpected differences. All Raman features of WS2 monolayers are enhanced by the first-optical excitations (with an asymmetric response for the spin-orbit related XA and XB excitons), whereas Raman bands of WSe2 are not enhanced at XA/B energies. Such an intriguing phenomenon is addressed by DFT calculations and by solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation. These two materials are very similar. They prefer the same crystal arrangement, and their electronic structure is akin, with comparable spin-orbit coupling. However, we reveal that WS2 and WSe2 exhibit quite different exciton-phonon interactions. In this sense, we demonstrate that the interaction between XC and XA excitons with phonons explains the different Raman responses of WS2 and WSe2, and the absence of Raman enhancement for the WSe2 modes at XA/B energies. These results reveal unusual exciton-phonon interactions and open new avenues for understanding the two-dimensional materials physics, where weak interactions play a key role coupling different degrees of freedom (spin, optic, and electronic). PMID:26998817

  7. Co-existence of agricultural production systems.

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    Jank, Bernhard; Rath, Johannes; Gaugitsch, Helmut

    2006-05-01

    Strategies and best practices for the co-existence of GM and non-GM crops need to be developed and implemented with the participation of farmers and other stakeholders. According to the principle of 'subsidiarity', decisions should be made by the lowest authority possible. When applying this concept to the case of GM crops, the affected society should determine their use and management in a regional decision-making process. Public participation is better accomplished at a lower level, and democratic deficits in decision-making on GMOs are better resolved, enabling farmers to manage or avoid GM crops. Ultimately, voluntary GMO-free zones might be a tool for sustainable co-existence and GM-free production and GMO-free zones might create a specific image for marketing regional products and services, such as tourism. PMID:16545877

  8. Low-spin excitations in ^100Pd

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    Radeck, D.; Bettermann, L.; Blazhev, A.; Bernards, C.; Dewald, A.; Fransen, C.; Heinze, S.; Jolie, J.; Muecher, D.; Pissulla, T.; Zell, K. O.; Moeller, O.

    2009-10-01

    In the context of investigating collectivity in the A=100 mass region the nucleus ^100Pd was measured at the Cologne Tandem facility using the HORUS and the plunger setups. Detailed data exists for the N=52 isotones and the evolution of collectivity - especially of the symmetric and mixed-symmetric phonon states - was discussed. To extend the knowledge of the evolution in this region it is important to measure the N=54 isotones. Up to now the low-energy part of the excitation spectrum of ^100Pd was known sparsely and only the lifetime of an 8^+ isomer was known. Using the HORUS data the level scheme was extended, clarified and multipole mixing ratios were determined for the first time. The plunger experiment yielded lifetimes of the yrast states up to 12^+1. Both, the experimental excitation spectrum and electric transition strengths, were compared to predictions of theoretical models, i.e. the anharmonic vibrator model, the Interacting Boson Model and the shell model. A candidate for the one-phonon mixed-symmetry excitation 2^+1,ms was identified due to its dominating M1 transition to the symmetric 2^+1 state. The results will be presented and discussed. Supported by DFG, grant Jo 391/3-2 and US DOE DE-FG02-91ER40609.

  9. Hospice-Where Peace and Turmoil Coexist.

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    Viswanath, Vidya

    2016-01-01

    It is often said that a hospice is much more than just a place providing supportive care for the terminally ill. This narrative describes Neha, a young mother who found her solace in the hospice and spent her last days there by choice. It reinforces the fact that the hospice is truly a philosophy of care where powerful and contrasting emotions do coexist. PMID:26862661

  10. How do telomeres and NHEJ coexist?

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    Marcand, Stéphane

    2014-01-01

    The telomeres of eukaryotes are stable open double-strand ends that coexist with nonhomologous end joining (NHEJ), the repair pathway that directly ligates DNA ends generated by double-strand breaks. Since a single end-joining event between 2 telomeres generates a circular chromosome or an unstable dicentric chromosome, NHEJ must be prevented from acting on telomeres. Multiple mechanisms mediated by telomere factors act in synergy to achieve this inhibition. PMID:27308342

  11. Anharmonicity due to Electron-Phonon Coupling in Magnetite

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    Hoesch, Moritz; Piekarz, Przemysław; Bosak, Alexey; Le Tacon, Mathieu; Krisch, Michael; Kozłowski, Andrzej; Oleś, Andrzej M.; Parlinski, Krzysztof

    2013-05-01

    We present the results of inelastic x-ray scattering for magnetite and analyze the energies and widths of the phonon modes with different symmetries in a broad range of temperature 125phonon modes with X4 and Δ5 symmetries broaden in a nonlinear way with decreasing T when the Verwey transition is approached. It is found that the maxima of phonon widths occur away from high-symmetry points, which suggests the incommensurate character of critical fluctuations. Strong phonon anharmonicity induced by electron-phonon coupling is discovered by a combination of these experimental results with ab initio calculations which take into account local Coulomb interactions at Fe ions. It (i) explains observed anomalous phonon broadening and (ii) demonstrates that the Verwey transition is a cooperative phenomenon which involves a wide spectrum of phonons coupled to the electron charge fluctuations condensing in the low-symmetry phase.

  12. Engineering thermal conductance using a two-dimensional phononic crystal

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    Zen, Nobuyuki; Puurtinen, Tuomas A.; Isotalo, Tero J.; Chaudhuri, Saumyadip; Maasilta, Ilari J.

    2014-01-01

    Controlling thermal transport has become relevant in recent years. Traditionally, this control has been achieved by tuning the scattering of phonons by including various types of scattering centres in the material (nanoparticles, impurities, etc). Here we take another approach and demonstrate that one can also use coherent band structure effects to control phonon thermal conductance, with the help of periodically nanostructured phononic crystals. We perform the experiments at low temperatures below 1 K, which not only leads to negligible bulk phonon scattering, but also increases the wavelength of the dominant thermal phonons by more than two orders of magnitude compared to room temperature. Thus, phononic crystals with lattice constants ≥1 μm are shown to strongly reduce the thermal conduction. The observed effect is in quantitative agreement with the theoretical calculation presented, which accurately determined the ballistic thermal conductance in a phononic crystal device. PMID:24647049

  13. Coherent Control of Optically Generated and Detected Picosecond Surface Acoustic Phonons

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    David H. Hurley

    2006-11-01

    Coherent control of elementary optical excitations is a key issue in ultrafast materials science. Manipulation of electronic and vibronic excitations in solids as well as chemical and biological systems on ultrafast time scales has attracted a great deal of attention recently. In semiconductors, coherent control of vibronic excitations has been demonstrated for bulk acoustic and optical phonons generated in superlattice structures. The bandwidth of these approaches is typically fully utilized by employing a 1-D geometry where the laser spot size is much larger than the superlattice repeat length. In this presentation we demonstrate coherent control of optically generated picosecond surface acoustic waves using sub-optical wavelength absorption gratings. The generation and detection characteristics of two material systems are investigated (aluminum absorption gratings on Si and GaAs substrates).

  14. Species coexistence in a changing world

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    Valladares, Fernando; Bastias, Cristina C.; Godoy, Oscar; Granda, Elena; Escudero, Adrián

    2015-01-01

    The consequences of global change for the maintenance of species diversity will depend on the sum of each species responses to the environment and on the interactions among them. A wide ecological literature supports that these species-specific responses can arise from factors related to life strategies, evolutionary history and intraspecific variation, and also from environmental variation in space and time. In the light of recent advances from coexistence theory combined with mechanistic explanations of diversity maintenance, we discuss how global change drivers can influence species coexistence. We revise the importance of both competition and facilitation for understanding coexistence in different ecosystems, address the influence of phylogenetic relatedness, functional traits, phenotypic plasticity and intraspecific variability, and discuss lessons learnt from invasion ecology. While most previous studies have focused their efforts on disentangling the mechanisms that maintain the biological diversity in species-rich ecosystems such as tropical forests, grasslands and coral reefs, we argue that much can be learnt from pauci-specific communities where functional variability within each species, together with demographic and stochastic processes becomes key to understand species interactions and eventually community responses to global change. PMID:26528323

  15. Species coexistence in a changing world.

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    Valladares, Fernando; Bastias, Cristina C; Godoy, Oscar; Granda, Elena; Escudero, Adrián

    2015-01-01

    The consequences of global change for the maintenance of species diversity will depend on the sum of each species responses to the environment and on the interactions among them. A wide ecological literature supports that these species-specific responses can arise from factors related to life strategies, evolutionary history and intraspecific variation, and also from environmental variation in space and time. In the light of recent advances from coexistence theory combined with mechanistic explanations of diversity maintenance, we discuss how global change drivers can influence species coexistence. We revise the importance of both competition and facilitation for understanding coexistence in different ecosystems, address the influence of phylogenetic relatedness, functional traits, phenotypic plasticity and intraspecific variability, and discuss lessons learnt from invasion ecology. While most previous studies have focused their efforts on disentangling the mechanisms that maintain the biological diversity in species-rich ecosystems such as tropical forests, grasslands and coral reefs, we argue that much can be learnt from pauci-specific communities where functional variability within each species, together with demographic and stochastic processes becomes key to understand species interactions and eventually community responses to global change. PMID:26528323

  16. Tuberous sclerosis complex coexistent with hippocampal sclerosis.

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    Lang, Min; Prayson, Richard A

    2016-02-01

    Tuberous sclerosis and hippocampal sclerosis are both well-defined entities associated with medically intractable epilepsy. To our knowledge, there has been only one prior case of these two pathologies being co-existent. We report a 7-month-old boy who presented with intractable seizures at 2 months of age. MRI studies showed diffuse volume loss in the brain with bilateral, multiple cortical tubers and subcortical migration abnormalities. Subependymal nodules were noted without subependymal giant cell astrocytoma. Genetic testing revealed TSC2 and PRD gene deletions. Histopathology of the hippocampus showed CA1 sclerosis marked by loss of neurons in the CA1 region. Sections from the temporal, parietal and occipital lobes showed multiple cortical tubers characterized by cortical architectural disorganization, gliosis, calcifications and increased number of large balloon cells. Focal white matter balloon cells and spongiform changes were also present. The patient underwent resection of the right fronto-parietal lobe and a subsequent resection of the right temporal, parietal and occipital lobes. The patient is free of seizures on anti-epileptic medication 69 months after surgery. Although hippocampal sclerosis is well documented to be associated with coexistent focal cortical dysplasia, the specific co-existence of cortical tubers and hippocampal sclerosis appears to be rare. PMID:26498091

  17. Body Size Mediated Coexistence in Swans

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    Engelhardt, Katharina A. M.; Ritchie, Mark E.; Powell, James A.

    2014-01-01

    Differences in body sizes may create a trade-off between foraging efficiency (foraging gains/costs) and access to resources. Such a trade-off provides a potential mechanism for ecologically similar species to coexist on one resource. We explored this hypothesis for tundra (Cygnus columbianus) and trumpeter swans (Cygnus buccinator), a federally protected species, feeding solely on sago pondweed (Stuckenia pectinata) tubers during fall staging and wintering in northern Utah. Foraging efficiency was higher for tundra swans because this species experienced lower foraging and metabolic costs relative to foraging gains; however, trumpeter swans (a) had longer necks and therefore had access to exclusive resources buried deep in wetland sediments and (b) were more aggressive and could therefore displace tundra swans from lucrative foraging locations. We conclude that body size differentiation is an important feature of coexistence among ecologically similar species feeding on one resource. In situations where resources are limiting and competition for resources is strong, conservation managers will need to consider the trade-off between foraging efficiency and access to resources to ensure ecologically similar species can coexist on a shared resource. PMID:24672347

  18. Competitive coexistence of two Pneumocystis species.

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    Icenhour, Crystal R; Arnold, Jonathan; Medvedovic, Mario; Cushion, Melanie T

    2006-05-01

    Pneumocystis are fungal pathogens of mammalian lungs that can cause lethal pneumonia in immunocompromised hosts. In some mammals, coinfections of genetically distinct Pneumocystis populations have been identified, but the nature of their interaction and its significance are unknown. Two species that infect rats, Pneumocystis carinii and Pneumocystis wakefieldiae, were studied over a 6-year period, representing approximately 700 generations of Pneumocystis. Population densities of each species were analyzed within the framework of the Lotka-Volterra competition model, which revealed the two species were in competition and predicted competitive exclusion of one species. However, stable coexistence was observed in 460 replicate populations. Selected extrinsic factors that might mitigate the extinction were evaluated. Logistic-regression analyses showed that higher relative humidity and higher organism lung burdens were associated with infections comprised of P. carinii alone, while lower temperatures and an increased rat census were associated with the presence of P. wakefieldiae. PCR and immunofluorescent analysis of rat lung tissue showed that both species were present within the same alveoli, excluding habitat heterogeneity as a mechanism of coexistence. These data suggest that P. carinii and P. wakefieldiae were in competitive coexistence, which was influenced in part by extrinsic factors. To our knowledge, this is the first report to evaluate interactions of pathogenic fungal species within a mammalian host using ecological models. PMID:15949973

  19. Sexual excitement.

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    Stoller, R J

    1976-08-01

    Sexual excitement depends on a scenario the person to be aroused has been writing since childhood. The story is an adventure, an autobiography disguised as fiction, in which the hero/heroine hides crucial intrapsychic conflicts, mysteries, screen memories of actual traumatic events and the resolution of these elements into a happy ending, best celebrated by orgasm. The function of the fantasy is to take these painful experiences and convert them to pleasure-triumph. In order to sharpen excitement-the vibration between the fear of original traumas repeating and the hope of a pleasurable conclusion this time-one introduces into the story elements of risk (approximations of the trauma) meant to prevent boredom and safety factors (sub-limnal signals to the storyteller that the risk are not truly dangerous). Sexual fantasy can be studied by means of a person's daydreams (including those chosen in magazines, books, plays, television, movies, and outright pornography), masturbatory behavior, object choice, foreplay, techniques of intercourse, or postcoital behavior. PMID:949223

  20. Frequency stabilization of the zero-phonon line of a quantum dot via phonon-assisted active feedback

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    Hansom, Jack; Schulte, Carsten H. H.; Matthiesen, Clemens; Stanley, Megan J.; Atatüre, Mete

    2014-10-27

    We report on the feedback stabilization of the zero-phonon emission frequency of a single InAs quantum dot. The spectral separation of the phonon-assisted component of the resonance fluorescence provides a probe of the detuning between the zero-phonon transition and the resonant driving laser. Using this probe in combination with active feedback, we stabilize the zero-phonon transition frequency against environmental fluctuations. This protocol reduces the zero-phonon fluorescence intensity noise by a factor of 22 by correcting for environmental noise with a bandwidth of 191 Hz, limited by the experimental collection efficiency. The associated sub-Hz fluctuations in the zero-phonon central frequency are reduced by a factor of 7. This technique provides a means of stabilizing the quantum dot emission frequency without requiring access to the zero-phonon emission.

  1. Nanomesh phononic structures for low thermal conductivity and thermoelectric energy conversion materials

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    Yu, Jen-Kan; Mitrovic, Slobodan; Heath, James R.

    2016-08-16

    A nanomesh phononic structure includes: a sheet including a first material, the sheet having a plurality of phononic-sized features spaced apart at a phononic pitch, the phononic pitch being smaller than or equal to twice a maximum phonon mean free path of the first material and the phononic size being smaller than or equal to the maximum phonon mean free path of the first material.

  2. Quantum Enhancement of Higher-Order Phononlike Excitations of a Bose-Einstein Condensate

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    Rowen, E. E.; Bar-Gill, N.; Davidson, N.

    2008-07-04

    In a Bose-Einstein condensate, the excitation of a Bogoliubov phonon with low momentum (e.g., by a two-photon Bragg process) is strongly suppressed due to destructive interference between two indistinguishable excitation pathways. Here we show that scattering of this sound excitation into a double-momentum mode is strongly enhanced due to constructive interference. This enhancement yields an inherent amplification of second-order sound excitations of the condensate, as we confirm experimentally. We further show that due to parity considerations, this effect is extended to higher-order excitations.

  3. Interaction of Thermal Phonons with Interfaces

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    David H. Hurley; Subhash Shinde; Edward Piekos

    2013-11-01

    In this chapter we will first explore the connection between interface scattering and thermal transport using the Boltzmann transport equation (BTE). It will be shown that Boltzmann transport provides a convenient method for considering boundary scattering in nanochannel structures. For internal interfaces such as grain boundaries found in polycrystals, it is more natural to consider transmission and reflection across a single boundary. In this regard we will discuss theories related to interface thermal resistance. Our qualitative discussion of the theories of phonon transport will be followed by a discussion of experimental techniques for measuring thermal transport. We end this chapter by giving a detailed description of two complimentary experimental techniques for measuring the influence of interfaces on thermal phonon transport.

  4. Tunable magneto-granular phononic crystals

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    Allein, F.; Tournat, V.; Gusev, V. E.; Theocharis, G.

    2016-04-01

    This paper reports on the study of the dynamics of 1D magneto-granular phononic crystals composed of a chain of spherical steel beads inside a properly designed magnetic field. This field is induced by an array of permanent magnets, located in a holder at a given distance from the chain. The theoretical and experimental results of the band gap structure are displayed, including all six degrees of freedom for the beads, i.e., three translations and three rotations. Experimental evidence of transverse-rotational modes of propagation is presented; moreover, by changing the strength of the magnetic field, the dynamic response of the granular chain is tuned. The combination of non-contact tunability with the potentially strong nonlinear behavior of granular systems ensures the suitability of magneto-granular phononic crystals as nonlinear, tunable mechanical metamaterials for use in controlling elastic wave propagation.

  5. Phonon arithmetic in a trapped ion system.

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    Um, Mark; Zhang, Junhua; Lv, Dingshun; Lu, Yao; An, Shuoming; Zhang, Jing-Ning; Nha, Hyunchul; Kim, M S; Kim, Kihwan

    2016-01-01

    Single-quantum level operations are important tools to manipulate a quantum state. Annihilation or creation of single particles translates a quantum state to another by adding or subtracting a particle, depending on how many are already in the given state. The operations are probabilistic and the success rate has yet been low in their experimental realization. Here we experimentally demonstrate (near) deterministic addition and subtraction of a bosonic particle, in particular a phonon of ionic motion in a harmonic potential. We realize the operations by coupling phonons to an auxiliary two-level system and applying transitionless adiabatic passage. We show handy repetition of the operations on various initial states and demonstrate by the reconstruction of the density matrices that the operations preserve coherences. We observe the transformation of a classical state to a highly non-classical one and a Gaussian state to a non-Gaussian one by applying a sequence of operations deterministically. PMID:27097897

  6. Phonon arithmetic in a trapped ion system

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    Um, Mark; Zhang, Junhua; Lv, Dingshun; Lu, Yao; An, Shuoming; Zhang, Jing-Ning; Nha, Hyunchul; Kim, M. S.; Kim, Kihwan

    2016-04-01

    Single-quantum level operations are important tools to manipulate a quantum state. Annihilation or creation of single particles translates a quantum state to another by adding or subtracting a particle, depending on how many are already in the given state. The operations are probabilistic and the success rate has yet been low in their experimental realization. Here we experimentally demonstrate (near) deterministic addition and subtraction of a bosonic particle, in particular a phonon of ionic motion in a harmonic potential. We realize the operations by coupling phonons to an auxiliary two-level system and applying transitionless adiabatic passage. We show handy repetition of the operations on various initial states and demonstrate by the reconstruction of the density matrices that the operations preserve coherences. We observe the transformation of a classical state to a highly non-classical one and a Gaussian state to a non-Gaussian one by applying a sequence of operations deterministically.

  7. Phonon arithmetic in a trapped ion system

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    Um, Mark; Zhang, Junhua; Lv, Dingshun; Lu, Yao; An, Shuoming; Zhang, Jing-Ning; Nha, Hyunchul; Kim, M. S.; Kim, Kihwan

    2016-01-01

    Single-quantum level operations are important tools to manipulate a quantum state. Annihilation or creation of single particles translates a quantum state to another by adding or subtracting a particle, depending on how many are already in the given state. The operations are probabilistic and the success rate has yet been low in their experimental realization. Here we experimentally demonstrate (near) deterministic addition and subtraction of a bosonic particle, in particular a phonon of ionic motion in a harmonic potential. We realize the operations by coupling phonons to an auxiliary two-level system and applying transitionless adiabatic passage. We show handy repetition of the operations on various initial states and demonstrate by the reconstruction of the density matrices that the operations preserve coherences. We observe the transformation of a classical state to a highly non-classical one and a Gaussian state to a non-Gaussian one by applying a sequence of operations deterministically. PMID:27097897

  8. Magnon rainbows filtered through phonon clouds

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    Boona, Stephen R.

    2016-06-01

    The study of heat flow in magnetic insulators is a topic of significant interest in spin caloritronics, especially for understanding the nuanced origins of the spin Seebeck effect (SSE). Recent work by Diniz and Costa (2016 New J. Phys. 18 052002) provides insight into this subject by presenting a microscopic model for the spectral dependence of magnon–phonon interactions in magnetic insulators, which has been a challenging puzzle for decades. Their new paper shows that phonon-mediated magnon-magnon interactions affect the lifetime of magnons differently depending on the magnon wavelength. As a result, low energy magnons transport spin more efficiently, and are more sensitive to applied magnetic fields. These results help explain some unexpected behavior in the SSE recently reported in several experiments.

  9. Raman and infrared study of 4f electron-phonon coupling in HoVO3.

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    Roberge, B; Balli, M; Jandl, S; Fournier, P; Palstra, T T M; Nugroho, A A

    2016-11-01

    First-order Raman scattering and multiphonons are studied in RVO3 (R  =  Ho and Y) as a function of temperature in the orthorhombic and monoclinic phases. Raman spectra of HoVO3 and YVO3 unveil similar features since both compounds have nearly identical R-radii. However, the most important difference lies in the transition temperature involving the V(3+) orbitals, the V(3+) magnetic moments as well as the crystallographic structure. Particularly, the magnetic and orbital reorientations occur at T N2  =  40 K for HoVO3 instead T N2  =77 K in the case of YVO3. For both systems, anomalous phonon shifts which are related to spin-phonon coupling are observed below the V(3+) magnetic ordering temperature (T N1  ≈  110 K) while additional phonon anomalies are exclusively observed in HoVO3 around T (*)  ≈  15 K. On the other hand, infrared (IR) transmittance measurements as a function of temperature reveal Ho(3+5)I8  →  (5)I7 excitations and additional excitations assigned as vibronics. These latter combined with drastic changes in Ho(3+5)I8  →  (5)I7 excitations at T N2, are indicative of a strong coupling between the Ho(3+) ions and the ligand field. This could explain the large magnetocaloric capacity shown by HoVO3. PMID:27603503

  10. Two Types of Coexistence in Cross-Feeding Microbial Consortia

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    Nakaoka, Shinji; Takeuchi, Yasuhiro

    2008-07-01

    Exploitative competition of two cross-feeding strains is studied. We found that two types of coexistence of two cross-feeding strains, type-I coexistence (cultivated type) and type-II coexistence (self-sufficiency type) are possible for microbial cross-feeding strains. In all cases of coexistence, trade-off in nutrient availability is required. However, trade-off is necessary but is not sufficient for the coexistence of two strains. Over-production of metabolite can induce competitive exclusion on one hand (cultivated regime) whereas do support the coexistence of two strain on the other hand (self-sufficiency regime). Coexistence of two strains is evaluated by invasibility and permanence criteria and numerical simulations.

  11. Anharmonicity and necessity of phonon eigenvectors in the phonon normal mode analysis

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    Feng, Tianli; Qiu, Bo; Ruan, Xiulin

    2015-05-21

    It is well known that phonon frequencies can shift from their harmonic values when elevated to a finite temperature due to the anharmonicity of interatomic potential. Here, we show that phonon eigenvectors also have shifts, but only for compound materials in which each atom has at least two types of anharmonic interactions with other atoms. Using PbTe as the model material, we show that the shifts in some phonon modes may reach as much as 50% at 800 K. Phonon eigenvectors are used in normal mode analysis (NMA) to predict phonon relaxation times and thermal conductivity. We show, from both analytical derivations and numerical simulations, that the eigenvectors are unnecessary in frequency-domain NMA, which gives a critical revision of previous knowledge. This simplification makes the calculation in frequency-domain NMA more convenient since no separate lattice dynamics calculations are needed. On the other hand, we expect our finding of anharmonic eigenvectors may make difference in time-domain NMA and other areas, like wave-packet analysis.

  12. Electron-phonon interaction and scattering in Si and Ge: Implications for phonon engineering

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    Tandon, Nandan; Albrecht, J. D.; Ram-Mohan, L. R.

    2015-07-28

    We report ab-initio results for electron-phonon (e-ph) coupling and display the existence of a large variation in the coupling parameter as a function of electron and phonon dispersion. This variation is observed for all phonon modes in Si and Ge, and we show this for representative cases where the initial electron states are at the band gap edges. Using these e-ph matrix elements, which include all possible phonon modes and electron bands within a relevant energy range, we evaluate the imaginary part of the electron self-energy in order to obtain the associated scattering rates. The temperature dependence is seen through calculations of the scattering rates at 0 K and 300 K. The results provide a basis for understanding the impacts of phonon scattering vs. orientation and geometry in the design of devices, and in analysis of transport phenomena. This provides an additional tool for engineering the transfer of energy from carriers to the lattice.

  13. Phonon populations and electrical power dissipation in carbon nanotube transistors.

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    Steiner, Mathias; Freitag, Marcus; Perebeinos, Vasili; Tsang, James C; Small, Joshua P; Kinoshita, Megumi; Yuan, Dongning; Liu, Jie; Avouris, Phaedon

    2009-05-01

    Carbon nanotubes and graphene are candidate materials for nanoscale electronic devices. Both materials show weak acoustic phonon scattering and long mean free paths for low-energy charge carriers. However, high-energy carriers couple strongly to optical phonons, which leads to current saturation and the generation of hot phonons. A non-equilibrium phonon distribution has been invoked to explain the negative differential conductance observed in suspended metallic nanotubes, while Raman studies have shown the electrical generation of hot G-phonons in metallic nanotubes. Here, we present a complete picture of the phonon distribution in a functioning nanotube transistor including the G and the radial breathing modes, the Raman-inactive zone boundary K mode and the intermediate-frequency mode populated by anharmonic decay. The effective temperatures of the high- and intermediate-frequency phonons are considerably higher than those of acoustic phonons, indicating a phonon-decay bottleneck. Most importantly, inclusion of scattering by substrate polar phonons is needed to fully account for the observed electronic transport behaviour. PMID:19421219

  14. Universal exchange-driven phonon splitting

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    Deisenhofer, Joachim; Kant, Christian; Schmidt, Michael; Wang, Zhe; Mayr, Franz; Tsurkan, Vladimir; Loidl, Alois

    2012-02-01

    We report on a linear dependence of the phonon splitting on the non-dominant exchange coupling Jnd in the antiferromagnetic monoxides MnO, Fe0.92O, CoO and NiO, and in the highly frustrated antiferromagnetic spinels CdCr2O4, MgCr2O4 and ZnCr2O4. For the monoxides our results directly confirm the theoretical prediction of a predominantly exchange induced splitting of the zone-centre optical phonon [1,2]. We find the linear relation δφ= βJndS^2 with slope β = 3.7. This relation also holds for a very different class of systems, namely the highly frustrated chromium spinels. Our finding suggests a universal dependence of the exchange-induced phonon splitting at the antiferromagnetic transition on the non-dominant exchange coupling [3].[4pt] [1] S. Massidda et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 430 (1999).[0pt] [2] W. Luo et al., Solid State Commun. 142, 504 (2007).[0pt] [3] Ch. Kant et al., arxiv:1109.4809.

  15. Phonon-lifetimes in demixing systems

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    Davaasambuu, J.; Güthoff, F.; Petri, M.; Hradil, K.; Schober, H.; Ollivier, J.; Eckold, G.

    2012-06-01

    The dynamics of silver-alkali halide mixed single crystals (AgxNa1-xBr, x = 0.23, 0.35, 0.40 and 0.70) were studied by inelastic neutron scattering during the process of spinodal decomposition. Using the thermal three-axes spectrometer PUMA as well as the time-of-flight spectrometer IN5, the time evolution of phonons was observed in time-resolved, stroboscopic measurements. Complementary to the study of long wavelength acoustic phonons, as studied previously, we extended these investigations to Brillouin-zone boundary modes that are particularly sensitive to variations of the local structure. Starting from the homogeneous mixed phase the behaviour of these modes during demixing is observed in real-time. A simple dynamical model based on local structure variants helps to interpret the results. It is shown that the phonon lifetimes vary strongly during the phase separation and increase drastically during the coarsening process. Up to a critical size of precipitates of about 10 nm, zone-boundary modes are found to be strongly damped, while beyond the line widths are reduced to the experimental resolution. This finding leads to the conclusion that the typical mean free path of these modes is of the order of 10 nm, which corresponds to 20 unit cells.

  16. Optimization of phononic filters via genetic algorithms

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    Hussein, M. I.; El-Beltagy, M. A.

    2007-12-01

    A phononic crystal is commonly characterized by its dispersive frequency spectrum. With appropriate spatial distribution of the constituent material phases, spectral stop bands could be generated. Moreover, it is possible to control the number, the width, and the location of these bands within a frequency range of interest. This study aims at exploring the relationship between unit cell configuration and frequency spectrum characteristics. Focusing on 1D layered phononic crystals, and longitudinal wave propagation in the direction normal to the layering, the unit cell features of interest are the number of layers and the material phase and relative thickness of each layer. An evolutionary search for binary- and ternary-phase cell designs exhibiting a series of stop bands at predetermined frequencies is conducted. A specially formulated representation and set of genetic operators that break the symmetries in the problem are developed for this purpose. An array of optimal designs for a range of ratios in Young's modulus and density are obtained and the corresponding objective values (the degrees to which the resulting bands match the predetermined targets) are examined as a function of these ratios. It is shown that a rather complex filtering objective could be met with a high degree of success. Structures composed of the designed phononic crystals are excellent candidates for use in a wide range of applications including sound and vibration filtering.

  17. Phonons and electrons in chalcopyrite semiconductors

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    Cardona, M.; Kremer, R. K.; Lauck, R.; Romero, A. H.; Muñoz, A.; Burger, A.

    2012-12-01

    In recent years the phonons and the electron phonon interaction of binary tetrahedral semiconductors have been profusely investigated by ab initio techniques and compared with experimental results. Of particular interest have been binary compounds in which the cations contain semi-core d-electrons (CuCl, CuI, AgI) which display anomalies related to the semi-core d-states (3dCuCl, 4dAgI). Here we present the corresponding data and anomalies which have been observed in ternary compounds of chalcopyrite structure (e.g. CuGaS2, AgGaX2 (X = S, Se, Te)). We present new ab initio calculations of the phonon dispersion relations of AgGaS2 and compare them with available Raman and IR data. Anomalies in the temperature dependence of the electronic gaps, which have been found in the binary chalcogenides, are also hinted at by the results for the ternary compounds with chalcopyrite structure. In view of the large number of atomic combinations possible for these materials (AgGaS2, AgGaSe2, CuGaTe2, ...) we believe that a detailed investigation of the whole family of chalcopyrites should provide a clear picture of their properties and lattice anomalies.

  18. Structural phase transition and phonon instabilities in Cu12Sb4S13

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    May, Andrew F.; Delaire, Olivier A.; Niedziela, Jennifer L.; Lara-Curzio, Edgar; Susner, Michael A.; Abernathy, Douglas L.; Kirkham, Melanie J.; McGuire, Michael A.

    2016-02-08

    In this study, a structural phase transition has been discovered in the synthetic tetrahedrite Cu12Sb4S13 at approximately 88 K. Upon cooling, the material transforms from its known cubic symmetry to a tetragonal unit cell that is characterized by an in-plane ordering that leads to a doubling of the unit cell volume. Specific heat capacity measurements demonstrate a hysteresis of more than two degrees in the associated anomaly. A similar hysteresis was observed in powder x-ray diffraction measurements, which also indicate a coexistence of the two phases, and together these results suggest a first-order transition. This structural transition coincides with amore » recently-reported metal-insulator transition, and the structural instability is related to the very low thermal conductivity κ in these materials. Inelastic neutron scattering was used to measure the phonon density of states in Cu12Sb4S13 and Cu10Zn2Sb4S13, both of which possess a localized, low-energy phonon mode associated with strongly anharmonic copper displacements that suppress κ. In Cu12Sb4S13, signatures of the phase transition are observed in the temperature dependence of the localized mode, which disappears at the structural transition. In contrast, in the cubic Zn-doped material, the mode is at slightly higher-energy but observable for all temperatures, though it softens upon cooling.« less

  19. Structural phase transition and phonon instability in Cu12Sb4S13

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    May, Andrew F.; Delaire, Olivier A.; Niedziela, Jennifer L.; Lara-Curzio, Edgar; Susner, Michael A.; Abernathy, Douglas L.; Kirkham, Melanie J.; McGuire, Michael A.

    2016-02-08

    In this study, a structural phase transition has been discovered in the synthetic tetrahedrite Cu12Sb4S13 at approximately 88 K. Upon cooling, the material transforms from its known cubic symmetry to a tetragonal unit cell that is characterized by an in-plane ordering that leads to a doubling of the unit cell volume. Specific heat capacity measurements demonstrate a hysteresis of more than two degrees in the associated anomaly. A similar hysteresis was observed in powder x-ray diffraction measurements, which also indicate a coexistence of the two phases, and together these results suggest a first-order transition. This structural transition coincides with amore » recently-reported metal-insulator transition, and the structural instability is related to the very low thermal conductivity κ in these materials. Inelastic neutron scattering was used to measure the phonon density of states in Cu12Sb4S13 and Cu10Zn2Sb4S13, both of which possess a localized, low-energy phonon mode associated with strongly anharmonic copper displacements that suppress κ. In Cu12Sb4S13, signatures of the phase transition are observed in the temperature dependence of the localized mode, which disappears at the structural transition. In contrast, in the cubic Zn-doped material, the mode is at slightly higher-energy but observable for all temperatures, though it softens upon cooling.« less

  20. Excitation spectra and correlation functions of quantum Su-Schrieffer-Heeger models

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    Weber, Manuel; Assaad, Fakher F.; Hohenadler, Martin

    2015-06-01

    We study one-dimensional Su-Schrieffer-Heeger (SSH) models with quantum phonons using a continuous-time quantum Monte Carlo method. Within statistical errors, we obtain identical results for the SSH model with acoustic phonons, and a related model with a coupling to an optical bond phonon mode. Based on this agreement, we first study the Peierls metal-insulator transition of the spinless SSH model, and relate it to the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition of a spinless Luttinger liquid. In the Peierls phase, the spectral functions reveal the single-particle and charge gap, and a central peak related to long-range order. For the spinful SSH model, which has a dimerized ground state for any nonzero coupling, we reveal a symmetry-related degeneracy of spin and charge excitations, and the expected spin and charge gaps as well as a central peak. Finally, we study the SSH-U V model with electron-phonon and electron-electron interaction. We observe a Mott phase with critical spin and bond correlations at weak electron-phonon coupling, and a Peierls phase with gapped spin excitations at strong coupling. We relate our findings to the extended Hubbard model, and discuss the physical origin of the agreement between optical and acoustic phonons.

  1. Evidence for Phonon Mediated Pairing Interaction in the Halo of the Nucleus {sup 11}Li

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    Potel, G.; Barranco, F.; Vigezzi, E.; Broglia, R. A.

    2010-10-22

    With the help of a unified nuclear-structure-direct-reaction theory we analyze the reaction {sup 1}H({sup 11}Li,{sup 9}Li){sup 3}H. The two halo neutrons are correlated through the bare and the induced (medium polarization) pairing interaction. By considering all dominant reaction channels leading to the population of the 1/2{sup -} (2.69 MeV) first excited state of {sup 9}Li, namely, multistep transfer (successive, simultaneous, and nonorthogonality), breakup, and inelastic channels, it is possible to show that the experiment provides direct evidence of phonon mediated pairing.

  2. One-phonon isovector 2(1,MS)(+) state in neutron-rich nucleus (132)Te

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    Danchev, M.; Rainovski, G.; Gladnishki, K. A.; Pietralla, N.; Ponomarev, V. Yu; Scheck, M.; Wambach, J.; Pietralla, N.; Gargano, A.; Covello, A.; Baktash, Cyrus; Beene, James R; Galindo-Uribarri, Alfredo {nmn}; Gross, Carl J; Radford, David C; Yu, Chang-Hong; Bingham, C. R.; Riedinger, L. L.; Stuchbery, Andrew E; Zamfir, Nicolae Victor

    2011-01-01

    The 2{sub 2}{sup +} state in {sup 132}Te is identified as the one-phonon mixed-symmetry state in a projectile Coulomb excitation experiment presenting a firm example of a mixed-symmetry state in unstable, neutron-rich nuclei. The results of shell-model calculations based on the low-momentum interaction V{sub low-k} are in good agreement with experiment demonstrating the ability of the effective shell-model interaction to produce states of mixed-symmetry character.

  3. One-phonon octupole vibrational states in 211At, 212Rn, 213Fr and 214Ra with N = 126

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    Hwang, J. K.; Hamilton, J. H.; Ramayya, A. V.

    2013-12-01

    Excited high spin states in 211At, 212Rn, 213Fr and 214Ra with N = 126 are reorganized and interpreted in terms of the stretched weak coupling of an octupole 3- phonon. Nearly identical sequences of levels with ΔI = 3 and the parity change are found, for the first time, up to 25- for 20 states of 214Ra, up to 35- for 36 states of 212Rn and up to 53/2+ for 16 states of 213Fr. The stretched weak coupling of an octupole phonon is extended up to the highest excitation energy of 11355 keV for 212Rn which has the largest experimental B( E3) value of 44.1(88) W.u. for the 11- → 8{2/+} transition. The stretched weak coupling of an octupole 3- phonon needs to be considered when single particle configurations are assigned to high spin states. Average octupole excitation energies of 657(51) keV for 211At, 1101(28) keV for 212Rn, 667(25) keV for 213Fr, and 709(25) keV for 214Ra are obtained. The calculated level enegies are in a good agreement with the experimental level energies within the error limit of 4.3%.

  4. Large electron-phonon interactions from FeSe phonons in a monolayer

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    Coh, Sinisa; Cohen, Marvin L.; Louie, Steven G.

    2015-07-01

    We show that electron-phonon coupling can induce strong electron pairing in an FeSe monolayer on a SrTiO3 substrate (experimental indications for superconducting {T}{{c}} are between 65 and 109 K). The role of the SrTiO3 substrate in increasing the coupling is two-fold. First, the interaction of the FeSe and TiO2 terminated face of SrTiO3 prevents the FeSe monolayer from undergoing a shear-type (orthorhombic, nematic) structural phase transition. Second, the substrate allows an anti-ferromagnetic ground state of FeSe which opens electron-phonon coupling channels within the monolayer that are prevented by symmetry in the non-magnetic phase. The spectral function for the electron-phonon coupling ({α }2F) in our calculations agrees well with inelastic tunneling data.

  5. Heat transport by phonons and the generation of heat by fast phonon processes in ferroelastic materials

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    Ding, X.; Salje, E. K. H.

    2015-05-01

    Thermal conductivity of ferroelastic device materials can be reversibly controlled by strain. The nucleation and growth of twin boundaries reduces thermal conductivity if the heat flow is perpendicular to the twin wall. The twin walls act as phonon barriers whereby the thermal conductivity decreases linearly with the number of such phonon barriers. Ferroelastic materials also show elasto-caloric properties with a high frequency dynamics. The upper frequency limit is determined by heat generation on a time scale, which is some 5 orders of magnitude below the typical bulk phonon times. Some of these nano-structural processes are irreversible under stress release (but remain reversible under temperature cycling), in particular the annihilation of needle domains that are a key indicator for ferroelastic behaviour in multiferroic materials.

  6. Coexistence of psoriasis with bullous pemphigoid

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    Rao, Raghavendra; Gupta, Akash; Yunis, Fousiya; Handettu, Sripathi; Chandrashekar, Balachandran

    2012-01-01

    Psoriasis vulgaris and bullous pemphigoid (BP) represent two clinically well-characterized, chronic, inflammatory skin conditions. The concomitant occurrence of these two entities in a patient is rare. Here we report a 57-year-old male suffering from psoriasis vulgaris for 15 years on irregular medication who noticed eruption of blisters all over the body. We believe that this is the first case report of psoriasis vulgaris coexistent with bullous pemphigoid in Indian literature. Please check where you want bullous pemphigoid and where you want psoriasis pemphigoides. PMID:23130285

  7. Bidisperse colloids: nanoparticles and microemulsions in coexistence.

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    Tabor, Rico F; Eastoe, Julian; Dowding, Peter J; Grillo, Isabelle; Rogers, Sarah E

    2010-04-15

    Mixed 'hard-soft' colloidal systems have been generated in which the 'hard' components (80 nm diameter silica nanoparticles) coexist with a population of 'soft' microemulsion droplets, both structures stabilised by the anionic surfactant sodium bis(ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) with toluene as solvent. The addition of water to swell the inverse micelles to form microemulsion droplets appears to increase attractive interactions between the silica particles (determined by DLS), possibly due to adsorption of some water at the silica-toluene interface; however, long-term stability of the dispersions is maintained. Small-angle neutron scattering was used to examine the structures present in these new colloidal systems. PMID:20144832

  8. Nanoscale Phonon Transport as Probed with a Microfabricated Phonon Spectrometer for the Study of Nanoscale Energy Transport

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    Robinson, Richard; Otelaja, Obafemi; Hertzberg, Jared; Aksit, Mahmut; Stewart, Derek

    2013-03-01

    Phonons are the dominant heat carriers in dielectrics and a clear understanding of their behavior at the nanoscale is important for the development of efficient thermoelectric devices. In this work we show how acoustic phonon transport can be directly probed by the generation and detection of non-equilibrium phonons in microscale and nanoscale structures. Our technique employs a scalable method of fabricating phonon generators and detectors by forming Al-AlxOy-Al superconducting tunnel junctions on the sidewalls of a silicon mesa etched with KOH and an operating temperature of 0.3K. In the line-of-sight path along the width of these mesas, phonons with frequency ~100 GHz can propagate ballistically The phonons radiate into the mesa and are observed by the detector after passing through the mesa. We fabricated silicon nanosheets of width 100 to 300 nm along the ballistic path and observe surface scattering effects on phonon transmission when the characteristic length scale of a material is less than the phonon mean free path. We compare our results to the Casimir-Ziman theory. Our methods can be adapted for studying phonon transport in other nanostructures and will improve the understanding of phonon contribution to thermal transport. The work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Agreement No. DMR-1149036.

  9. Quantitative Probes of Electron-Phonon Coupling in an Organic Charge-Transfer Material

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    Rury, Aaron; Sorenson, Shayne; Driscoll, Eric; Dawlaty, Jahan

    While organic charge transfer (CT) materials may provide alternatives to inorganic materials in electronics and photonics applications, properties central to applications remain understudied in these organic materials. Specifically, electron-phonon coupling plays a pivotal role in electronic applications yet this coupling in CT materials remains difficult to directly characterize. To better understand the suitability of organic CT materials for electronic applications, we have devised an experimental technique that can directly assess electron-phonon coupling in a model organic CT material. Upon non-resonant interaction with an ultrafast laser pulse, we show that coherent excitation of Raman-active lattice vibrations of quinhydrone, a 1:1 co-crystal of the hydroquinone and p-benzoquinone, modulates the energies of electronic transitions probed by a white light pulse. Using a well-established theoretical framework of vibrational quantum beat spectra across the probe bandwidth, we quantitatively extract the parameters describing these electronic transitions to characterize electron-phonon coupling in this material. In conjunction with temperature-dependent resonance Raman measurements, we assess the hypothesis that several sharp transitions in the near-IR correspond to previously unknown excitonic states of this material. These results and their interpretation set the foundation for further elucidation of the one of the most important parameters in the application of organic charge-transfer materials to electronics and photonics.

  10. Focusing of surface phonon-polaritons along conical and wedge polar nanostructures

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    Gluchko, Sergei; Ordonez-Miranda, Jose; Tranchant, Laurent; Antoni, Thomas; Volz, Sebastian

    2015-08-01

    Focusing of surface phonon-polaritons propagating toward the tip of a cone and the edge of a wedge is theoretically analyzed and compared. Based on Maxwell's equations, explicit expressions for the dispersion relations in each structure are determined and solved numerically for a propagation parameter driving the surface phonon-polariton energy density. For conical and wedge structures of SiO2, it is found that: (1) the cone (wedge) supports the polariton focusing only for aperture angles in the interval 18 ° - 68 ° ( 21 ° - 51 ° ), and within the range of excitation frequencies from 32.1 THz (31.5 THz) to 33.9 THz (33.9 THz). In this frequency interval, the real part of the SiO2 permittivity is negative and the presence of polaritons is significant. (2) The polariton focusing efficiency of both the cone and wedge reaches its maximum values at the critical frequency f cr = 33.6 THz and at different aperture angles of about α opt = 45 ° and α opt = 30 ° , respectively. (3) When the polaritons travel from 100 nm to 5 nm toward the tip of the cone with this optimum angle, their Poynting vector increases by a factor of 12, which is about four times larger than the corresponding one provided by the wedge and indicates that the cone is more efficient than the wedge for the focusing of surface phonon-polaritons.

  11. Anomalous Phonon Dispersion of an Ultracold - Mixture in a Square Optical Lattice

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    Koinov, Zlatko; Pahl, Shanna; Mendoza, Rafael

    2015-05-01

    A necessary condition for the damping of the long-wavelength excitations of the superfluid phase (referred to as superfluid phonons) due to the three-particle process is to have an anomalous phonon dispersion. The existence of anomalous phonon dispersion has been confirmed in superfluid . There are no experimental data suggesting that this phenomenon exists in superfluid Fermi gases. To the best of our knowledge, the existence of anomalous dispersion has been theoretically predicted only in atomic spin balanced Fermi gas close to the unitarity limit. The numerical results reported here suggest that the anomalous long-wavelength dispersion can be realized in mass and spin imbalanced atomic Fermi gases away from the unitary limit. In particular, the numerical solution of the Bethe-Salpeter equation in a weak-coupling regime shows that the long-wavelength part of the collective-mode dispersion of the superfluid Fulde-Ferrell phase of a mixture of population-imbalanced Lithium-6 and Potassium-40 atoms in a square lattice at some values of polarization, interacting strength and temperature initially bends upward before bending over.

  12. Search for one-phonon mixed-symmetry states in the radioactive nucleus {sup 140}Nd

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    Gladnishki, K. A.; Damyanova, A.; Danchev, M.; Karagyozov, D.; Topchiyska, R.; Rainovski, G.; Petkov, P.; Jolie, J.; Blazhev, A.; Dewald, A.; Fransen, C.; Hackstein, M.; Pissulla, T.; Rother, W.; Pietralla, N.; Moeller, O.; Reese, M.

    2010-09-15

    Low-spin excited states of {sup 140}Nd have been studied via the {sup 140}Ce({sup 3}He,3n){sup 140}Nd reaction. The data show that one of the candidates for the one-phonon mixed-symmetry state (MSS) of {sup 140}Nd, namely, the 2{sub 3}{sup +} state at 2140 keV with an effective lifetime of 220(90) fs, exhibits a fast M1 decay to the 2{sub 1}{sup +} state. Thus, this state can be considered, at least, as a fragment of the one-phonon MSS of {sup 140}Nd. This is the first example where mixed symmetry character is tentatively assigned to a state of an unstable nucleus from the mass A{approx_equal}140 region based on the data on absolute M1 transition rates. However, the data are not conclusive on whether this decay exhausts the total M1 strength or whether the one-phonon MSS of {sup 140}Nd is fragmented.

  13. Microscopic nature of the radiative strength function: Structures, coupling with phonons

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    Kamerdzhiev, S. P.; Achakovskii, O. I.; Avdeenkov, A. V.

    2015-06-01

    The microscopic nature of the radiative strength function, which is the most important characteristic necessary for the description of nuclear reactions involving gamma-ray photons both in astrophysics and in the theory of nuclear reactors, has been discussed. It has been shown that, in contrast to phenomenological approaches based on various modifications of the Lorentzian dependence for this function, the microscopic approach gives structures that are due to the effects both within the standard random phase approximation and of coupling with low-lying collective excitations (phonons), i.e., beyond the standard random phase approximation. Microscopic calculations of the strength function for several Sn and Ni isotopes have been performed within the self-consistent version of the extended theory of finite Fermi systems, where both of these effects are taken into account and the SLy4 Skyrme forces are used to calculate the mean field, effective interaction between nucleons, and characteristics of phonons. Microscopic radiative E1 strength functions have been used in the modern EMPIRE 3.1 code for the calculation of the cross sections for the radiative capture of neutrons and average radiative widths of neutron resonances. Reasonable agreement with the existing experimental data has been obtained with allowance for coupling with phonons. The integral characteristics of the pygmy dipole resonance in the unstable 68Ni nucleus have been explained. The existence of this resonance has been predicted in the unstable 72Ni nucleus.

  14. Comparative study of the two-phonon Raman bands of silicene and graphene

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    Popov, Valentin N.; Lambin, Philippe

    2016-06-01

    We present a computational study of the two-phonon Raman spectra of silicene and graphene within a density-functional non-orthogonal tight-binding model. Due to the presence of linear bands close to the Fermi energy in the electronic structure of both structures, the Raman scattering by phonons is resonant. We find that the Raman spectra exhibit a crossover behavior for laser excitation close to the π-plasmon energy. This phenomenon is explained by the disappearance of certain paths for resonant Raman scattering and the appearance of other paths beyond this energy. Besides that, the electronic joint density of states (DOS) is divergent at this energy, which is reflected on the behavior of the Raman bands of the two structures in a qualitatively different way. Additionally, a number of Raman bands, originating from divergent phonon DOS at the M point and at points, inside the Brillouin zone, is also predicted. The calculated spectra for graphene are in excellent agreement with available experimental data. The obtained Raman bands can be used for structural characterization of silicene and graphene samples by Raman spectroscopy.

  15. Phonon modes in cuprates possibly related to the 10 meV ARPES kink

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    Merritt, Adrian; Park, Seung-Ryong; Castellan, John-Paul; Gu, Genda; Reznik, Dmitry

    One of the possible mechanisms of high Tc superconductivity is Cooper pairing with the help of bosons responsible for kinks in electronic dispersion observed by angle-resolved photoemission (ARPES). Up to now most effort has been devoted to the kinks near 70 meV. More recent ARPES experiments revealed an additional energy scale near 10 meV. Since no magnetic excitations peaked at these energies have been identified, the likeliest candidates appear to be phonons. We recently performed measurements of low-energy phonons in a large single crystal sample of optimally-doped 2212 BSCCO. We measured all phonons below 15 meV. There are many branches, in particular an optic branch disperses from 7 meV from the zone center with an anticrossing with an acoustic branch near h =0.2. In addition, there is evidence for a very low energy branch dispersing through 3-4 meV. I will present these results as well as similar data on LSCO and YBCO. A comparison with recent ultrafast optics experiment detecting lattice modes around 10 meV will also be made. This work was supported by the DOE Basic Energy Sciences Neutron Scattering Program.

  16. Ultrafast studies of coexisting electronic order in cuprate superconductors

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    Hinton, James; Thewalt, Eric; Alpichshev, Zhanybek; Sternbach, Aaron; McLeod, Alex; Ji, L.; Veit, Mike; Dorrow, Chelsey; Koralek, Jake; Xhao, Xudong; Barisic, Neven; Kemper, Alexander; Gedik, Nuh; Greven, Martin; Basov, Dimitri; Orenstein, Joe

    The cuprate family of high temperature superconductors displays a variety of electronic phases which emerge when charge carriers are added to the antiferromagnetic parent compound. These electronic phases are characterized by subtle differences in the low energy electronic excitations. Ultrafast time-resolved reflectivity (TRR) provides an ideal tool for investigating the cuprate phase diagram, as small changes in the electronic structure can produce significant contrast in the non-equilibrium reflectivity. Here we present TRR measurements of cuprate superconductors, focusing on the model single-layer cuprate HgBa2CuO4+δ. We observe a cusp-like feature in the quasiparticle lifetime near the superconducting transition temperature Tc. This feature can be understood using a model of coherently-mixed charge-density wave and superconducting pairing. We propose extending this technique to the nanoscale using ultrafast scattering scanning near-field microscopy (u-SNOM). This will allow us to explore how these electronic phases coexist and compete in real-space.

  17. Phonon Scattering Dynamics of Thermophoretic Motion in Carbon Nanotube Oscillators.

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    Prasad, Matukumilli V D; Bhattacharya, Baidurya

    2016-04-13

    Using phonon wave packet molecular dynamics simulations, we find that anomalous longitudinal acoustic (LA) mode phonon scattering in low to moderate energy ranges is responsible for initiating thermophoretic motion in carbon nanotube oscillators. The repeated scattering of a single mode LA phonon wave packet near the ends of the inner nanotube provides a net unbalanced force that, if large enough, initiates thermophoresis. By applying a coherent phonon pulse on the outer tube, which generalizes the single mode phonon wave packet, we are able to achieve thermophoresis in a carbon nanotube oscillator. We also find the nature of the unbalanced force on end-atoms to be qualitatively similar to that under an imposed thermal gradient. The thermodiffusion coefficient obtained for a range of thermal gradients and core lengths suggest that LA phonon scattering is the dominant mechanism for thermophoresis in longer cores, whereas for shorter cores, it is the highly diffusive mechanism that provides the effective force. PMID:26965789

  18. Acoustic phonon spectrum and thermal transport in nanoporous alumina arrays

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    Kargar, Fariborz; Ramirez, Sylvester; Debnath, Bishwajit; Malekpour, Hoda; Lake, Roger; Balandin, Alexander A.

    2015-10-28

    We report results of a combined investigation of thermal conductivity and acoustic phonon spectra in nanoporous alumina membranes with the pore diameter decreasing from D=180 nm to 25 nm. The samples with the hexagonally arranged pores were selected to have the same porosity Ø ≈13%. The Brillouin-Mandelstam spectroscopy measurements revealed bulk-like phonon spectrum in the samples with D=180-nm pores and spectral features, which were attributed to spatial confinement, in the samples with 25-nm and 40-nm pores. The velocity of the longitudinal acoustic phonons was reduced in the samples with smaller pores. As a result, analysis of the experimental data and calculated phonon dispersion suggests that both phonon-boundary scattering and phonon spatial confinement affect heat conduction in membranes with the feature sizes D<40 nm.

  19. Reduction of Thermal Conductivity by Nanoscale 3D Phononic Crystal

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    Yang, Lina; Yang, Nuo; Li, Baowen

    2013-01-01

    We studied how the period length and the mass ratio affect the thermal conductivity of isotopic nanoscale three-dimensional (3D) phononic crystal of Si. Simulation results by equilibrium molecular dynamics show isotopic nanoscale 3D phononic crystals can significantly reduce the thermal conductivity of bulk Si at high temperature (1000 K), which leads to a larger ZT than unity. The thermal conductivity decreases as the period length and mass ratio increases. The phonon dispersion curves show an obvious decrease of group velocities in 3D phononic crystals. The phonon's localization and band gap is also clearly observed in spectra of normalized inverse participation ratio in nanoscale 3D phononic crystal. PMID:23378898

  20. Acoustic phonon spectrum and thermal transport in nanoporous alumina arrays

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    Kargar, Fariborz; Ramirez, Sylvester; Debnath, Bishwajit; Malekpour, Hoda; Lake, Roger; Balandin, Alexander A.

    2015-10-28

    We report results of a combined investigation of thermal conductivity and acoustic phonon spectra in nanoporous alumina membranes with the pore diameter decreasing from D=180 nm to 25 nm. The samples with the hexagonally arranged pores were selected to have the same porosity Ø ≈13%. The Brillouin-Mandelstam spectroscopy measurements revealed bulk-like phonon spectrum in the samples with D=180-nm pores and spectral features, which were attributed to spatial confinement, in the samples with 25-nm and 40-nm pores. The velocity of the longitudinal acoustic phonons was reduced in the samples with smaller pores. As a result, analysis of the experimental data andmore » calculated phonon dispersion suggests that both phonon-boundary scattering and phonon spatial confinement affect heat conduction in membranes with the feature sizes D<40 nm.« less

  1. Reduction of thermal conductivity by nanoscale 3D phononic crystal.

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    Yang, Lina; Yang, Nuo; Li, Baowen

    2013-01-01

    We studied how the period length and the mass ratio affect the thermal conductivity of isotopic nanoscale three-dimensional (3D) phononic crystal of Si. Simulation results by equilibrium molecular dynamics show isotopic nanoscale 3D phononic crystals can significantly reduce the thermal conductivity of bulk Si at high temperature (1000 K), which leads to a larger ZT than unity. The thermal conductivity decreases as the period length and mass ratio increases. The phonon dispersion curves show an obvious decrease of group velocities in 3D phononic crystals. The phonon's localization and band gap is also clearly observed in spectra of normalized inverse participation ratio in nanoscale 3D phononic crystal. PMID:23378898

  2. Analysis and experimental realization of locally resonant phononic plates carrying a periodic array of beam-like resonators

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    Xiao, Yong; Wen, Jihong; Huang, Lingzhi; Wen, Xisen

    2014-01-01

    We present theoretical examination and experimental demonstration of locally resonant (LR) phononic plates consisting of a periodic array of beam-like resonators attached to a thin homogeneous plate. Such phononic plates feature unique wave physics due to the coexistence of localized resonance and structural periodicity. We demonstrate that a low-frequency complete band gap for flexural plate waves can be created in the proposed structure owing to the interaction between the localized resonant modes of the beam-like resonators and the flexural wave modes of the host plate. We show that the location and width of the complete band gap can be dramatically tuned by changing the properties of the beam-like resonators. To understand the opening mechanism and evolution behaviour of the complete band gap, some approximate but explicit models are provided and discussed. We further perform experimental measurements of a specimen fabricated by an array of double-stacked aluminum beam-like resonators attached to a thin aluminum plate with 5 cm structure periodicity. The experimental results evidence a complete band gap extending from 465 to 860 Hz, matching well with our theoretical prediction. The LR phononic plates proposed in this work can find potential applications in attenuation of low-frequency mechanical vibrations and insulation of low-frequency audible sound.

  3. Phonon-assisted upconversion charging in Zn3Ga2GeO8:Cr(3+) near-infrared persistent phosphor.

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    Liu, Feng; Chen, Yafei; Liang, Yanjie; Pan, Zhengwei

    2016-03-01

    We report a new phonon-assisted upconversion excitation design that enables the excitation energy to be lower than the persistent luminescence emission energy in persistent phosphors. We demonstrate this upconversion excitation concept in Zn3Ga2GeO8:Cr(3+) near-infrared persistent phosphor by achieving Cr(3+) 700 nm persistent emission using 800 or 980 nm laser diode excitation. Depending on the sample temperature, the excitation photon energy can be tuned, and the persistent luminescence intensity can be adjusted. Depending on the excitation power, the upconversion trap filling process involves either one photon (for filling low-energy traps) or two photons (for filling high-energy traps). Our research provides a major step toward manipulating the electronic excitation in persistent luminescence, which has implication for many applications. PMID:26974089

  4. Weak phonon scattering effect of twin boundaries on thermal transmission

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    Dong, Huicong; Xiao, Jianwei; Melnik, Roderick; Wen, Bin

    2016-01-01

    To study the effect of twin boundaries on thermal transmission, thermal conductivities of twinned diamond with different twin thicknesses have been studied by NEMD simulation. Results indicate that twin boundaries show a weak phonon scattering effect on thermal transmission, which is only caused by the additional twin boundaries’ thermal resistance. Moreover, according to phonon kinetic theory, this weak phonon scattering effect of twin boundaries is mainly caused by a slightly reduced average group velocity. PMID:26822675

  5. Origin of reduction in phonon thermal conductivity of microporous solids

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    Hopkins, Patrick E.; Rakich, Peter T.; Olsson, Roy H.; El-kady, Ihab F.; Phinney, Leslie M.

    2009-10-01

    Porous structures have strong tunable size effects due to increased surface area. Size effects on phonon thermal conductivity have been observed in porous materials with periodic voids on the order of microns. This letter explores the origin of this size effect on phonon thermal conductivity observed in periodic microporous membranes. Pore-edge boundary scattering of low frequency phonons explains the temperature trends in the thermal conductivity; further reduction in thermal conductivity is explained by the porosity.

  6. The Seebeck Coefficient and Phonon Drag in Silicon

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    Mahan, Gerald; Lindsay, Lucas R.; Broido, David

    2014-12-29

    We present a theory of the phonon-drag Seebeck coe cient in nondegenerate semiconductors, and apply it to silicon for temperatures 30 < T < 300K. Our calculation uses only parameters from the literature, and previous calculations of the phonon lifetime. We nd excellent agreement with the measurements of Geballe and Hull [Phys.Rev. 98, 940 (1955)]. The phonon-drag term dominates at low temperature, and shows an important dependence on the dimensions of the experimental sample.

  7. Acoustic scattering from phononic crystals with complex geometry.

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    Kulpe, Jason A; Sabra, Karim G; Leamy, Michael J

    2016-05-01

    This work introduces a formalism for computing external acoustic scattering from phononic crystals (PCs) with arbitrary exterior shape using a Bloch wave expansion technique coupled with the Helmholtz-Kirchhoff integral (HKI). Similar to a Kirchhoff approximation, a geometrically complex PC's surface is broken into a set of facets in which the scattering from each facet is calculated as if it was a semi-infinite plane interface in the short wavelength limit. When excited by incident radiation, these facets introduce wave modes into the interior of the PC. Incorporation of these modes in the HKI, summed over all facets, then determines the externally scattered acoustic field. In particular, for frequencies in a complete bandgap (the usual operating frequency regime of many PC-based devices and the requisite operating regime of the presented theory), no need exists to solve for internal reflections from oppositely facing edges and, thus, the total scattered field can be computed without the need to consider internal multiple scattering. Several numerical examples are provided to verify the presented approach. Both harmonic and transient results are considered for spherical and bean-shaped PCs, each containing over 100 000 inclusions. This facet formalism is validated by comparison to an existing self-consistent scattering technique. PMID:27250192

  8. Coexistence Curve of Perfluoromethylcyclohexane-Isopropyl Alcohol

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    Jacobs, D. T.; Kuhl, D. E.; Selby, C. E.

    1996-01-01

    The coexistence curve of the binary fluid mixture perfluoromethylcyclohexane-isopropyl alcohol was determined by precisely measuring the refractive index both above and below its upper critical consolute point. Sixty-seven two-phase data points were obtained over a wide range of reduced temperatures, 10(exp -5) less than t less than 2.5 x 10(exp -1), to determine the location of the critical point: critical temperature=89.901 C, and critical composition = 62.2% by volume perfluoromethylcyclohexane. These data were analyzed to determine the critical exponent 8 close to the critical point, the amplitude B, and the anomaly in the diameter. The volume-fraction coexistence curve is found to be as symmetric as any composition like variable. Correction to scaling is investigated as well as the need for a crossover theory. A model is proposed that describes the asymptotic approach to zero of the effective exponent Beta, which allows an estimation of the temperature regime free of crossover effects.

  9. Coexistence of Phases in a Protein Heterodimer

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    Krokhotin, Andrey; Liwo, Adam; Niemi, Antti J.; Scheraga, Harold A.

    2012-01-01

    A heterodimer consisting of two or more different kinds of proteins can display an enormous number of distinct molecular architectures. The conformational entropy is an essential ingredient in the Helmholtz free energy and, consequently, these heterodimers can have a very complex phase structure. Here, it is proposed that there is a state of proteins, in which the different components of a heterodimer exist in different phases. For this purpose, the structures in the protein data bank (PDB) have been analyzed, with radius of gyration as the order parameter. Two major classes of heterodimers with their protein components coexisting in different phases have been identified. An example is the PDB structure 3DXC. This is a transcriptionally active dimer. One of the components is an isoform of the intra-cellular domain of the Alzheimer-disease related amyloid precursor protein (AICD), and the other is a nuclear multidomain adaptor protein in the Fe65 family. It is concluded from the radius of gyration that neither of the two components in this dimer is in its own collapsed phase, corresponding to a biologically active protein. The UNRES energy function has been utilized to confirm that, if the two components are separated from each other, each of them collapses. The results presented in this work show that heterodimers whose protein components coexist in different phases, can have intriguing physical properties with potentially important biological consequences. PMID:22830730

  10. Phonon Effects on Spin-Charge Separation in One Dimension

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    Ning, Wen-Qiang; Zhao, Hui; Wu, Chang-Qin; Lin, Hai-Qing

    2006-04-01

    Phonon effects on spin-charge separation in one dimension are investigated through the calculation of one-electron spectral functions in terms of the recently developed cluster perturbation theory together with an optimized phonon approach. It is found that the retardation effect due to the finiteness of phonon frequency suppresses the spin-charge separation and eventually makes it invisible in the spectral function. By comparing our results with experimental data of TTF-TCNQ, it is observed that the electron-phonon interaction must be taken into account when interpreting the angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy data.

  11. Phonon effects on spin-charge separation in one dimension.

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    Ning, Wen-Qiang; Zhao, Hui; Wu, Chang-Qin; Lin, Hai-Qing

    2006-04-21

    Phonon effects on spin-charge separation in one dimension are investigated through the calculation of one-electron spectral functions in terms of the recently developed cluster perturbation theory together with an optimized phonon approach. It is found that the retardation effect due to the finiteness of phonon frequency suppresses the spin-charge separation and eventually makes it invisible in the spectral function. By comparing our results with experimental data of TTF-TCNQ, it is observed that the electron-phonon interaction must be taken into account when interpreting the angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy data. PMID:16712177

  12. Phonon Diodes and Transistors from Magneto-acoustics

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    Sklan, Sophia; Grossman, Jeffrey

    2014-03-01

    The creation of non-reciprocal phononic systems holds the promise of allowing computers that would process thermal or acoustic (rather than electronic) signals. By sculpting the magnetic field applied to magneto-acoustic materials (which couple phonons to a magnetic field, typically due to effects like magnon-phonon coupling in yttrium iron garnet), phonons can be used for information processing in analogy with photonic computing. Using a combination of analytic and numerical techniques, we demonstrate designs for diodes (isolators) and transistors that are independent of their conventional, electronic formulation. We analyze the experimental feasibility of these systems, including the sensitivity of the circuits to likely systematic and random errors.

  13. Phonon bandgap engineering of strained monolayer MoS2

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    Jiang, Jin-Wu

    2014-06-01

    The phonon band structure of monolayer MoS2 is characteristic of a large energy gap between acoustic and optical branches, which protects the vibration of acoustic modes from being scattered by optical phonon modes. Therefore, the phonon bandgap engineering is of practical significance for the manipulation of phonon-related mechanical or thermal properties in monolayer MoS2. We perform both phonon analysis and molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the tension effect on the phonon bandgap and the compression induced instability of the monolayer MoS2. Our key finding is that the phonon bandgap can be narrowed by the uniaxial tension, and is completely closed at ε = 0.145; while the biaxial tension only has a limited effect on the phonon bandgap. We also demonstrate the compression induced buckling for the monolayer MoS2. The critical strain for buckling is extracted from the band structure analysis of the flexure mode in the monolayer MoS2 and is further verified by molecular dynamics simulations and the Euler buckling theory. Our study illustrates the uniaxial tension as an efficient method for manipulating the phonon bandgap of the monolayer MoS2, while the biaxial compression as a powerful tool to intrigue buckling in the monolayer MoS2.

  14. Phonon bandgap engineering of strained monolayer MoS₂.

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    Jiang, Jin-Wu

    2014-07-21

    The phonon band structure of monolayer MoS₂ is characteristic of a large energy gap between acoustic and optical branches, which protects the vibration of acoustic modes from being scattered by optical phonon modes. Therefore, the phonon bandgap engineering is of practical significance for the manipulation of phonon-related mechanical or thermal properties in monolayer MoS₂. We perform both phonon analysis and molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the tension effect on the phonon bandgap and the compression induced instability of the monolayer MoS₂. Our key finding is that the phonon bandgap can be narrowed by the uniaxial tension, and is completely closed at ε = 0.145; while the biaxial tension only has a limited effect on the phonon bandgap. We also demonstrate the compression induced buckling for the monolayer MoS₂. The critical strain for buckling is extracted from the band structure analysis of the flexure mode in the monolayer MoS₂ and is further verified by molecular dynamics simulations and the Euler buckling theory. Our study illustrates the uniaxial tension as an efficient method for manipulating the phonon bandgap of the monolayer MoS₂, while the biaxial compression as a powerful tool to intrigue buckling in the monolayer MoS₂. PMID:24932612

  15. Lifetime of the phonons in the PLT ceramic

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    Barba-Ortega, J. Joya, M. R.; Londoño, F. A.

    2014-11-05

    The lifetimes at higher temperatures on lanthanum-modified lead titanate (PLT) are mainly due to the anharmonic decay of optical phonons into low-energy phonons. The temperature-independent contributions from inherent crystal defects and from boundary scattering become comparable to the phonon scattering contribution at lower temperatures. The thermal interaction is large at higher temperatures which decreases the phonon mean free path, and so the decay lifetime decreases as the temperature of the system is increased. This leads to the increased line width at higher temperatures. We made an estimate of the lifetimes for different concentrations and temperatures in PLT.

  16. Determination of phonon decay rate in p-type silicon under Fano resonance by measurement of coherent phonons

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    Kato, Keiko; Oguri, Katsuya; Sanada, Haruki; Tawara, Takehiko; Sogawa, Tetsuomi; Gotoh, Hideki

    2015-09-01

    We determine phonon decay rate by measuring the temperature dependence of coherent phonons in p-type Si under Fano resonance, where there is interference between the continuum and discrete states. As the temperature decreases, the decay rate of coherent phonons decreases, whereas that evaluated from the Raman linewidth increases. The former follows the anharmonic decay model, whereas the latter does not. The different temperature dependences of the phonon decay rate of the two methods originate from the way that the continuum state, which originates from the Fano resonance, modifies the time- and frequency-domain spectra. The observation of coherent phonons is useful for evaluating the phonon decay rate free from the interaction with the continuum state and clarifies that the anharmonic decay is dominant in p-type Si even under Fano resonance.

  17. Low energy electronic excitations and fano resonance in K doped C 60 from Raman scattering excited at 1.16 eV

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    Danieli, R.; Denisov, V. N.; Ruani, G.; Zamboni, R.; Taliani, C.; Zakhidov, A. A.; Ugawa, A.; Imaeda, K.; Yakushi, K.; Inokuchi, H.; Kikuchi, K.; Ikemoto, I.; Suzuki, S.; Achiba, Y.

    1992-01-01

    We present a Raman scattering study of pristine and K doped C 60 at various doping levels by exciting in the near-IR at 1.16 eV. The normal metallic state of K 3C 60 is characterized by a broad scattering background and by the resonance of low energy phonons in the range of 250-500 cm -1. We assign the broad background to an electronic Raman scattering due to low energy electronic excitations. This spectral feature is indicative of an anomalous normal state behaviour and is similar to the case of high temperature ceramic superconductors. In the overdoped K 6C 60 the squashing mode at 278 cm -1 shows a Fano resonance with the electronic scattering associated with localized electronic excitations which are characteristic of isolated regions of K 3C 60 into the matrix of K 6C 60 as a result of inhomogeneous doping. The Fano resonance indicates a specific electron-phonon coupling of this Jahn-Teller mode with low energy excitations and suggests that the symmetry of this electronic excitation is h g (i.e. the same of the coupled phonon mode). We discuss the nature of the anomalous electronic Raman scattering in terms of scattering from low energy excitations involving a low lying singlet band resulting from electron correlation and/or dynamical J-T distortion caused by the squashing mode.

  18. Excitations and Bose-Einstein condensation in liquid 4He

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    Sakhel, A. R.; Glyde, H. R.

    2004-10-01

    We present a model of the dynamic structure factor S(Q,ω) of He4 that reproduces the basic features of the temperature dependence of S(Q,ω) as observed in inelastic-neutron scattering measurements. Wave vectors Q beyond the roton ( Q>2.0Å-1 ) are considered. The model is able to reproduce the decrease in the intensity of the single excitation (phonon-roton) peak in S(Q,ω) with an increase of temperature (T) in the range 0.6⩽T⩽2.1K . All vertices and interactions are assumed temperature independent, and only the condensate fraction n0(T) changes with T . Also, it reproduces a second peak observed at higher energy ( ω ) which represents the single excitation intensity lying in the two excitation band. The model is based on the formulation of S(Q,ω) of Gavoret and Nozières. In this formulation, the dynamic susceptibility, χ , is separated into a singular part involving the condensate and a regular part involving states above the condensate χ=χS+χR' . The weight of the phonon-roton peak in χS is proportional to n0(T) and the phonon-roton peak disappears completely from χ in the normal phase where n0(T)=0 . Using sum rule arguments, the condensate fraction can be estimated from the data giving values in good agreement with accurate measurements at SVP and with Monte Carlo calculations.

  19. Optical properties of Eu3+-doped antimony-oxide-based low phonon disordered matrices

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    Som, Tirtha; Karmakar, Basudeb

    2010-01-01

    A new series of monolithic Eu2O3-doped high antimony oxide (40-80 mol%) content disordered matrices (glasses) of low phonon energy (about 600 cm-1) in the K2O-B2O3-Sb2O3 (KBS) system was prepared by the melt-quench technique. Infrared reflection spectroscopy was used to establish the low phonon energy of the glasses. Amorphicity and devitrification of the glasses were confirmed by x-ray diffraction analysis. UV-vis absorption spectra of Eu3+ have been measured and the band positions have been justified with quantitative calculation of the nephelauxetic parameter and covalent bonding characteristics of the host. These Eu2O3-doped glasses upon excitation at 393 nm radiation exhibit six emission bands in the range 500-750 nm due to their low phonon energy. Of these, the magnetic dipole ^{5}\\mathrm {D}_{0} \\to {}^{7} \\mathrm {F_{1}} transition shows small Stark splitting while the electric dipole ^{5}\\mathrm {D}_{0} \\to {}^{7}\\mathrm {F}_{2} transition undergoes remarkable Stark splitting into two components. They have been explained by the crystal field effect. The Judd-Ofelt parameters, Ωt = 2,4,6, were also evaluated and the change of Ωt with the glass composition was correlated with the asymmetric effect at Eu3+ ion sites and the fundamental properties like covalent character and optical basicity. We are the first to report the spectroscopic properties of the Eu3+ ion in KBS low phonon antimony glasses.

  20. A step closer to visualizing the electron___phonon interplay

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    Chen, Y.L.; Lee, W.S.; Shen, Z.X.; /Stanford U., Appl. Phys. Dept. /Stanford U., Phys. Dept. /SLAC, PULSE

    2011-01-04

    -probe experiment is reminiscent of the standard method used by bell makers for hundreds of years to judge the quality of their products (hitting a bell then listening to how the sound would fade away), albeit the relevant time scale here is way beyond tens of femtoseconds. Traditionally, ultrafast spectroscopy was carried out to study gas-phase reactions, but it has also been applied to study condensed phase systems since the development of reliable solid-state ultrafast lasers approximately a decade ago. In addition, the ability to control pulse width, wavelength, and amplification of the output of Ti:Sapphire lasers has further increased the capability of this experimental method. During the past decade, many ultrafast pump-probe experiments have been carried out in various fields by using different probing methods, such as photo-resistivity, fluorescence yield, and photoemission, and they have revealed much new information complementary to the equilibrium spectroscopy methods used before. Carbone et al. used the photon-pump, electron (diffraction)-probe method. The pumping photon pulse first drives the electrons in the sample into an oscillating mode along its polarization direction. Then during the delay time, these excited electrons can transfer excess energy to the adjacent nuclei and cause crystal lattice vibration on their way back to the equilibrium state. An ultrashort electron pulse is shot at the sample at various time delays {Delta}t and the diffraction pattern is collected. Because the electron diffraction pattern is directly related to the crystal lattice structure and its motion, this technique provides a natural way to study the electron-phonon coupling problem. Furthermore, by adjusting the pump pulse's relative polarization with respect to the Cu-O bond direction, Carbone et al. were able to acquire the electron-phonon coupling strength along different directions. Focusing on the lattice dynamic along the c axis, Carbone et al. found that the c-axis phonons in